Research Highlights the Need to Ensure Accuracy And Patient Choice of Diabetes Testing Supplies
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For Release: January 21, 2014
Two new surveys conducted by the American Association of Diabetes Educators demonstrate once again the need for the healthcare, insurance, and diabetes educator communities to ensure that people with diabetes are using meters that are appropriate for their individual needs – and are accurate.
One survey – conducted online in November by Harris Interactive for the American Association of Diabetes Educators – found that 27 percent of patients with type 1 diabetes had experienced health problems due to inaccurate blood glucose meter readings. Roughly nine percent of those with type 2 diabetes had experienced health problems as a result of inaccurate readings.
While accuracy was ranked by a majority (60%) as one of the top three most important factors in determining which meter to use, more than two-thirds (68%) were not aware that many meters available today do not meet global standards for accuracy.