|Dana Brackney PhD, RN, CNS, CDE, BC-ADM|
This is a report of a presentation at AADE 2015 by Dana Brackney PhD, RN, CNS, CDE, BC-ADM entitled "Use of SMBG in T2 DM Self-Management:‘Knowing Where I Am At.’" There still remains a huge controversy on whether Self-Monitored Blood Glucose (SMBG) is effective and worth the cost in diabetes patients who are not insulin using. This presentation was a breath of fresh air as it described purposeful SMGB and efforts to measure positive outcomes. While this is a small and limited study, hopefully this will start to gather more interest in doing studies where SMBG is done in a way that is patient centered and purposeful. There are many patients that learn to "Eat to Your Meter" with great success. It is really too bad that studies of SMBG effectiveness have been so deeply flawed and although they claim to be "intervention" studies, if you don't use SMBG in a purposeful way then you don't really have an intervention.