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BMC Endocrine Disorders

, 13:46

Diabetes and Metabolism

Abstract

BackgroundTo examine the views and current practice of SMBG among Black Caribbean and South Asian individuals with non-insulin treated Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

MethodsTwelve participants completed semi-structured interviews that were guided by the Health Belief Model and analyzed using thematic network analysis.

ResultsThe frequency of monitoring among participants varied from several times a day to once per week. Most participants expressed similar experiences regarding their views and practices of SMBG. Minor differences across gender and culture were observed. All participants understood the benefits, but not all viewed SMBG as beneficial to their personal diabetes management. SMBG can facilitate a better understanding and maintenance of self-care behaviours. However, it can trigger both positive and negative emotional responses, such as a sense of disappointment when high readings are not anticipated, resulting in emotional distress. Health care professionals play a key role in the way SMBG is perceived and used by patients.

ConclusionWhile the majority of participants value SMBG as a self-management tool, barriers exist that impede its practice, particularly its cost. How individuals cope with these barriers is integral to understanding why some patients adopt SMBG more than others.

KeywordsSelf-monitoring of blood glucose Diabetes mellitus Caribbean South Asian  Download fulltext PDF



Author: Enza Gucciardi - Mariella Fortugno - Andrea Senchuk - Heather Beanlands - Elizabeth McCay - Elizabeth E Peel

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