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Effective Self-Management of Blood Glucose Can be Achieved by Using Meters With Advanced Features Paired With Diabetes Education
Date:9/23/2010

th diabetes.(1) At the end of the study, about one quarter of study participants (24 percent in the basic group, 23 percent in the advanced group) said that remembering to test their blood sugars before meals is difficult. However, 55 percent of participants who used basic meter features also said it was difficult to remember to test their blood sugars after meals versus the 23 percent of those that used the advanced meter features. Thus, utilizing the meal marker feature made remembering to test after meals easier.

At the end of the study, more than 61 percent of participants who used the advanced features said they better understood how to make decisions on their own at home, and 66 percent had more confidence in their meal choices since they started testing pre- and post-meal blood sugars. Seventy-two percent of study participants who used the advanced features said they could use their meters in a more helpful way.

The IMB data presented by Dr. William Fisher, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada and co-developer of the IMB model, demonstrate that the correlation of changes in SMBG, IMB skills as they relate to changes in SMBG behavior, and understanding of results are seen in both people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

"There is a considerable amount of medical literature about adherence in diabetes, and a wide range of interventions have been shown to have a positive effect on knowledge, frequency, and accuracy of SMBG. Maintaining change in SMBG over time has been variable, however, and may be dependent upon regular reinforcement. What's been lacking is a well-integrated behavioral science model of factors that influence SMBG adherence," said Dr. Fisher. "We are gratified to see that the IMB model for understanding and promoting health behavior change has provided evidence of utility in understanding SMBG in diabetes."

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