A Good Argument for Free Test Strips?

Study Shows Testing More Likely if Strips Come at No Charge

| May 1, 2004

If you provide them they will test…

A new study found that if blood glucose meter test strips were provided for free, people with diabetes would be motivated to test more often.

Researchers from the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Manitoba in Canada studied 62 insulin-treated participants with diabetes. The participants were randomized to two groups and matched for age, sex, education, income, type and duration of diabetes, years of insulin treatment, number of daily insulin injections and A1Cs.

All participants were given a meter, but one group was given strips free of charge. The other group had to purchase test strips as they found it necessary.

After 12 months, it was discovered that the frequency of testing was higher in the group that did not have to pay for strips (two times per day versus 1.4 times per day, respectively).

A1Cs remained the same in the group that was given free test strips, but the group that paid for their own strips saw an increase in A1C values.

Diabetic Medicine, February 2004

Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Categories: A1c Test, Blood Glucose, Diabetes, Diabetes, Insulin, Meters


Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • What's on the Horizon with Diabetes Research and Therapy
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter

Latest
Popular
Top Rated
Print | Email | Share | Comments (15)

You May Also Be Interested In...


Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Comments 15 comments - May 1, 2004

©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.