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The Journal of Korean Diabetes 2011;12(2):113-121.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4093/kcd.2011.12.2.113    Published online June 1, 2011.
혈당측정기 사용법에 대한 교육 전후의 혈당값의 비교 및 혈당측정기간의 혈당값 비교
이경애, 전소연, 김웅지, 진흥용, 박지현, 백홍선, 박태선
The Education Effect of Glucometer Use on the Glucose Levels and the Glucose Value Comparison among Diverse Glucometers.
Kyung Ae Lee, Soyeon Jeon, Woong Ji Kim, Heung Yong Jin, Ji Hyun Park, Hong Sun Baek, Tae Sun Park
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine, Research Institute of Clinical Medicine, Chonbuk National University Medical School, Jeonju, Korea. pts@jbnu.ac.kr
Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) and point-of-care testing are widely used in the management of diabetic outpatients. However, SMBG records are sometimes inaccurate, and may differ from glucose values measured in the hospital. Therefore, the aim of our study was to evaluate the effects of patient education regarding glucometer use on blood glucose levels and to compare the glucose values obtained by six different types of glucometers currently used in Korea. Fifty-six diabetic patients participated in the present study. Each patient visited the hospital in a fasting state. Fasting plasma glucose (FPG) levels in capillary blood samples were measured by doctors and by the patients themselves before and after patient education sessions. Then, glucose levels were measured with each of the six glucometers by doctors and by the patients themselves. The differences between FPG and glucose values measured using glucometers were compared, and their relationships with HbA1c were also assessed. There were no significant differences between glucose levels measured by patients regardless of glucometer education. We obtained similar results for differences between glucose levels measured by patients and doctors. Patient HbA1c levels were not correlated with differences in measurements between glucometers and FPG. Measurements of glucose levels by the six different glucometers did not differ significantly. Our study indicates that education about SMBG, including glucometer handling, is important to increase SMBG accuracy, but that errors in SMBG records are trivial for glucometer users and that the different glucometers used in Korea demonstrate similar accuracy.
Key Words: Education, Glucometer, Self monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG)
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