Self-monitoring of blood glucose levels using glucometers in Riverina NSW: patients' perspectives

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Abstract

The increase in the incidence of diabetes mellitus has also seen increased use of glucometers. Coupled to analytical evaluation of glucometers, it is important to study how patients manage self-monitoring, since introduction or maintenance of education programs requires knowledge of existing practices. This pilot study was carried out in the Riverina, New South Wales Australia and involved self-administered questionnaires to diabetics who used glucometers, to gather information on factors that influenced purchase of glucometers, training and frequency of glucometer use and quality control, and other issues. The response to the study was 37.1%. Of the respondents 40% taught themselves while 60% were taught by health staff to use glucometers. Although patients taught by health staff gave more positive responses (67-80%) in all categories, 72% of all users did not carry out quality control (QC) and 38% were unsure how to respond when their blood glucose level was abnormal. In addition, multiple use of lancets (78%) and poor disposal of biological waste were significant problems. It is recommended that this study be broadened and evaluation and education of patients in self-monitoring should be ongoing as new devices are introduced and new cases of diabetes diagnosed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-10
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Journal of Medical Science
Volume29
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008

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