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Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills Analysis Advances Understanding of Barriers to Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose
Date:6/26/2010

ation-Behavioral Skills Analysis," at the ADA meeting. The poster was also highlighted during the ADA's first ever guided audio poster tour – a new and innovative session added this year.

Additional Findings

A substantial number of individuals in the analysis reported information deficits with respect to SMBG. In a research sample of 416 adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, 46% and 53%, respectively, did not know that they should test after meals, and 21% and 40% did not know how to look for patterns in blood sugar readings. Further, as noted above, 75% say they don't need to test because they believe they can gauge what their blood sugar levels are without testing.

Motivational obstacles to testing reported by adults with type 1 and type 2 included reports that testing constantly reminds them that they have diabetes (45 and 53% respectively), is painful (34 and 35%), frustrating (26 and 25%) and time consuming (25% and 25%).

Behavioral skill limitations reported include difficulty testing without others knowing they are testing (29% and 20% for type 1 and type 2, respectively), difficulty downloading information from their blood sugar meter (27% and 24%), difficulty testing without too much pain (21% and 22%) and difficulty remembering to test (17% and 27%).

Importantly, findings from this research show a significant relationship between the presence of SMBG information gaps, SMBG motivational obstacles and SMBG behavioral skills limitations with reported frequency of SMBG for individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

"SMBG is increasingly seen as a behavioral tool in the management of diabetes," said Dr. David Simmons, chief medical officer for Bayer Diabetes Care. "Bayer Diabetes Care was interested in determining whether
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