When Less Is More: Identifying Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Engaging in Unnecessary Blood Glucose Monitoring
Marcella H. Boynton; Katrina E. Donahue; Erica Richman; Asia Johnson; Jennifer Leeman; Maihan B. Vu; Jennifer Rees; Laura A. Young
This study examined whether certain patient characteristics are associated with the prescribing of self-monitoring of blood glucose for patients with type 2 diabetes who are not using insulin and have well-controlled blood glucose. Against recommendations, one-third of the patient sample from a large health network in North Carolina (N = 9,338) received a prescription for testing supplies (i.e., strips or lancets) within the prior 18 months. Women, African Americans, individuals prescribed an oral medication, nonsmokers, and those who were underweight or normal weight all had greater odds of receiving such a prescription. These results indicate that providers may have prescribing tendencies that are potentially biased against more vulnerable patient groups and contrary to guidelines.
Boynton MH, Donahue KE, Richman E, Johnson A, Leeman J, Vu MB, Rees J, Young LA. When Less Is More: Identifying Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Engaging in Unnecessary Blood Glucose Monitoring. Clin Diabetes. 2022 Summer;40(3):339-344. doi: 10.2337/cd21-0141. PMID: 35983413; PMCID: PMC9331618.