Perceived value of self-monitoring blood glucose by primary care physicians and endocrinologists.
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The value of self-monitoring blood glucose (SMBG) in patients with non-insulin-treated type 2 diabetes (NITT2DM) has been debated; however, the practice remains common. Patient perception of SMBG has been documented in several qualitative studies. However, the literature is lacking on the perceived value of SMBG by providers. This study used a structured questionnaire to evaluate and compare the perceived value, recommended frequency, and utility of SMBG in patients with NITT2DM by primary care providers (PCPs) and endocrinologists. A total of 70 PCPs and 14 endocrinologists completed the questionnaire. The results suggest that PCPs and endocrinologists find the practice of SMBG valuable in NITT2DM and believe it promotes behavioral changes in their patients. However, endocrinologists tend to recommend more frequent SMBG and find SMBG values more useful in making medication decisions. Conversely, PCPs tend to find the hemoglobin A1c more valuable than SMBG in making medication adjustments.