How do you get your HbA1c measured?
Venous blood draw at a hospital lab
Venous blood draw at the doctor's office
Venous blood draw at another location
Finger stick test at the doctor's office
Finger stick test at home with immediate results
Finger stick test at home that I mail to a lab
More than one of the above
I don't get HbA1c tests done
Total votes: 609
How do you get your HbA1c measured?Poll dates: March 7 - 14, 2004
Total Votes: 609
A study published in 1999 showed that immediate feedback on HbA1c improves blood sugar control. Over half of our readers (56%) report having a finger stick test performed at the doctor's office or at home, which would facilitate discussions with a patient's diabetes team during a regularly scheduled visit. Results from HbA1c tests performed from a venous blood draw, reported by 32% of readers, often take many days to be reported, making it difficult to discuss with a patient's diabetes team.
Since we last ran this poll in March 2003, there has been an increase in people get a finger stick A1c test at their doctor's office (56% versus 49%) and a decrease in people needing a venous draw (32% versus 38%). This is good news, as more people are able to discuss their A1c reading at the time of their clinic visit.
Answer Mar 2004 Mar 2003 Venous blood draw at a hospital lab 16% 21% Venous blood draw at the doctor's office 11% 12% Venous blood draw at another location 5% 5% Finger stick test at the doctor's office 56% 49% Finger stick test at home with immediate results 2% 2% Finger stick test at home that I mail to a lab 1% 1% More than one of the above 5% 4% I don't get HbA1c tests done 1% 1% Other 0% 1%
For more information, see HbA1c Measurement.
Last Updated: Wednesday March 16, 2005 16:37:44
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