May 7, 2013
Title: Computer-based diabetes self-management interventions for adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (Review)
Source: Cochrane Library
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Date of publication: March 2013 (assessed as up to date 14.11.11)
Publication type: Systematic Review
In a nutshell: The review assessed effectiveness of computer based self management on health status and quality of life. It concluded that there is a small beneficial effect on blood glucose control but no evidence of benefits in other biological outcomes or cognitive, behavioural or emotional outcomes.
Length of publication: 150 pages pdf
March 7, 2010
Source: CMAJ, 182 (1) p. 28-34
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Date of publication: January 2010
Publication type: Journal Article
In a nutshell: The researchers sought to determine the cost effectiveness of self-monitoring for patients with type 2 diabetes not using insulin. They used the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) model to forecast diabetes-related complications, corresponding quality-adjusted life years and costs (although results appear in dollars). They concluded that for most patients with type 2 diabetes not using insulin, use of blood glucose test strips for frequent self-monitoring ( 7 times per week) was unlikely to represent efficient use of resources.
Length of publication: 7 pages
June 7, 2009
Title: Self blood glucose monitoring in type 2 diabetes. A financial impact analysis based on UK primary care.
Source: International Journal of Clinical Practice; 63 (3) p.439-448
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Date of publication: 01 March 2009
Publication type: Research
In a nutshell: This analysis quantifies the usage and cost of self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) in type 2 diabetes according to treatment regimen and relating to UK consensus guidelines. This study established that the use of SMBG exceeds current guidelines for specific groups and indicates that closer adherence to these guidelines could potentially save up to £17 million per year.
Length of publication: 9 pages
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