Time in range for multiple technologies in type 1 diabetes: A systematic review and network meta-analysis

Anthony Pease, Clement Lo, Arul Earnest, Velislava Kiriakova, Danny Liew, Sophia Zoungas

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BACKGROUND Time in range is a key glycemic metric, and comparisons of management technologies for this outcome are critical to guide device selection. PURPOSE We conducted a systematic review and network meta-analysis to compare and rank technologies for time in glycemic ranges. DATA SOURCES We searched Evidenced-Based Medicine Reviews, CINAHL, Embase, MEDLINE, MEDLINE In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations, PROSPERO, PsycInfo, PubMed, and Web of Science until 24 April 2019. STUDY SELECTION We included randomized controlled trials ≥2 weeks’ duration comparing technologies for management of type 1 diabetes in adults (≥18 years of age), excluding pregnant women. DATA EXTRACTION Data were extracted using a predefined template. Outcomes were percent time with sensor glucose levels 3.9–10.0 mmol/L (70–180 mg/dL), >10.0 mmol/L (180 mg/dL), and <3.9 mmol/L (70 mg/dL). DATA SYNTHESIS We identified 16,772 publications, of which 14 eligible studies compared eight technologies comprising 1,043 participants. Closed-loop systems led to greater percent time in range than any other management strategy, and mean percent time in range was 17.85 (95% predictive interval 7.56–28.14) longer than with usual care of multiple daily injections with capillary glucose testing. Closed-loop systems ranked best for percent time in range or above range with use of Surface Under the Cumulative RAnking curve (SUCRA) (98.5% and 93.5%, respectively). Closed-loop systems also ranked highly for time below range (SUCRA 62.2%). LIMITATIONS Overall risk of bias ratings were moderate for all outcomes. Certainty of evidence was very low. CONCLUSIONS In the first integrated comparison of multiple management strategies considering time in range, we found that the efficacy of closed-loop systems appeared better than all other approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1967-1975
Number of pages9
JournalDiabetes Care
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

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