Diabetes Results That Can Make a Difference: The Monitor Trial
Diabetes Results That Can Make a Difference
by April Reese, Programs Manager, North Carolina Division of Public Health, and Patient Partner in the PCORI-funded MONITOR Trial.
“Anything we can do to help people manage their condition within a budget is high on the list of things we in public health want to achieve.
So, it’s a big relief for me and for other people with type 2 diabetes to learn that we don’t have to do the regular finger sticks. Maybe we can shift some of the money we spend on testing supplies to healthier eating or a gym membership. Anything we can do to help people manage their condition within a budget is high on the list of things we in public health want to achieve.
But scientific innovations come out all the time, and it takes people a while to catch up. People rely more than anything else on what their healthcare provider tells them about their conditions. It really is important, if you’re a physician’s assistant, family nurse practitioner, or a doctor, to tell patients, “Hey, you can back off this testing.” We need healthcare providers to really embrace this study and share the results with their patients. We’re going to help do that by presenting the evidence at the diabetes council to share it more broadly.
If patients will come in for A1C checks, they and their healthcare providers can work out a plan where they don’t have to do daily testing and can still manage their diabetes. It can help providers develop a relationship with patients where they are making up a plan together. If enough clinicians do it, it can become a standardized practice.”
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