Letters Screening for type 2 diabetes

Self monitoring of blood glucose: the cost to patients

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a245 (Published 05 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1263
  1. Monika M Safford, associate professor of medicine1,
  2. Louise B Russell, research professor2
  1. 1University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294-4410, USA
  2. 2Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA
  1. msafford{at}uab.edu

Simon et al found that glucose self monitoring by patients with non-insulin treated type 2 diabetes increased NHS costs without benefiting glycaemic control.1 Less intensive and more intensive self monitoring cost ₤92 (€117; $182) and ₤84 more than usual care.

Financial cost is just one factor to consider when weighing the benefits and …

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