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How do you get your HbA1c measured?

 
     

Venous blood draw at a hospital lab

 
 

17%

 

  112

 
     

Venous blood draw at the doctor's office

 
 

12%

 

  76

 
     

Venous blood draw at another location

 
 

3%

 

  23

 
     

Finger stick test at the doctor's office

 
 

56%

 

  350

 
     

Finger stick test at home with immediate results

 
 

2%

 

  17

 
     

Finger stick test at home that I mail to a lab

 
 

1%

 

  8

 
     

More than one of the above

 
 

4%

 

  27

 
     

I don't get HbA1c tests done

 
 

1%

 

  6

 
     

Other

 
 

1%

 

  5

 


Total votes: 624

 

How do you get your HbA1c measured?

Poll dates: March 6 - 13, 2005
Total Votes: 624

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 first 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. As this table shows, there has been essentially no change since last year.

Answer   Mar 2005   Mar 2004   Mar 2003
Venous blood draw at a hospital lab   17%   16%   21%
Venous blood draw at the doctor's office   12%   11%   12%
Venous blood draw at another location   3%   5%   5%
Finger stick test at the doctor's office   56%   56%   49%
Finger stick test at home with immediate results   2%   2%   2%
Finger stick test at home that I mail to a lab   1%   1%   1%
More than one of the above   4%   5%   4%
I don't get HbA1c tests done   1%   1%   1%
Other   1%   0%   1%

For more information, see HbA1c Measurement.

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