The onset of type 1 diabetes can be a difficult transition for children and their families. It can become more difficult if the children are hospitalized at onset. If type 1 diabetes is identified early enough, before any major problems arise, kids are often able to be treated in an outpatient setting, rather than having to be hospitalized. Joslin Diabetes Center piloted the New Onset Program in 2010 to make outpatient treatment possible and now it is fully available for all patients whose condition allows it.
Prior to the beginning of the New Onset Program, all Joslin pediatric patients were hospitalized at the onset of diabetes, even if their medical condition was stable.