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  Back to Surveys Results of the 2007 Glucose Meter Experience Survey

In November 2007, we asked our readers to tell us about their experience blood glucose meters. We received 169 completed questionnaires. Here are the results. You may also view a page with all of the graphs full sized.


Please rank the following features from 1 (most important) to 9 (least important) according to how important they are to you when selecting a glucose meter. Rank
Measurement accuracy 2.1
Ease of use 2.3
Size of the meter 3.6
Cost of the strips 4.4
Meter features, such as point of care management software 4.9
Referral from a trusted source 5.2
Cost of the meter 5.8
Device specific limitations for use with certain patient populations or conditions 6.9
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Have you ever had a problem with your glucose meter? %
Yes 65%
No 33%
I'm not sure or I don't recall 2%
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If you have had a problem with your glucose meter, please rank the following from 1 (most common) to 5 (least common). Rank
Software problems in the meter such as error codes 2.3
Inaccurate reading 2.5
Errors in operating the meter correctly 2.9
Interference with medications 4.3
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Have you ever had to repeat a blood glucose test? %
Yes 99%
No 1%
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If you have had to repeat a test, why? %
Not enough blood 92%
Too much blood 13%
Wrong calibration code 25%
The reading didn't agree with what we expected (too high or too low) 70%
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How difficult is it to use your current glucose meter? %
Not difficult at all 95%
Somewhat difficult 5%
Very difficult 0%
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How easy is it to apply a blood sample to your current meter's test strip? %
Very easy 60%
Easy 27%
Somewhat easy 13%
Very difficult 0%
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Did you need training by a health care professional to use your current glucose meter? %
Yes 87%
No 13%
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How important do you think getting professional training in the use of blood glucose meters is? %
Professional training is not needed 53%
Some training is needed 43%
Complete training is needed to use the meter correctly 4%
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How many different glucose meters do you use to check your blood glucose levels? (Do not count a continuous sensor as another glucose meter if you use one.) %
1 38%
2 39%
3 18%
More than 3 5%
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Where do you store glucose test strips at home? %
Medicine cabinet in a bathroom 13%
Kitchen 47%
Bedroom 22%
Other 32%
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Do you take test strips to school? %
Yes 85%
No 3%
Doesn't apply 12%
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If you take test strips to school, how do you carry them? %
I carry an entire bottle of test strips 94%
I take out some strips and carry them separately 4%
My meter uses foil strips and I take some 2%
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Have you ever borrowed test strips from or lent test strips to a friend? %
Yes 35%
No 65%
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If you've borrowed or lent test strips, were you and your friend using the exact same meter? %
Yes 62%
No 32%
I'm not sure 6%
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Will your meter start reading glucose levels even if you think there is not enough blood on the test strip? %
Yes 41%
No 41%
I'm not sure 18%
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How often do you wash the sample area (such as your finger tip) before you measure your blood glucose? %
Always or almost always 31%
Usually, but not always 19%
Sometimes 25%
Rarely 16%
Never or almost never 9%
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How often do you calibrate your meter to a new vial of test strips? %
We calibrate every time we change to a vial with a new code 62%
We have sometimes forgotten to change the calibration code 26%
My meter doesn't require calibration 12%
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Would you prefer a meter that didn't need to be calibrated with each vial of test strips? %
Yes, that would be nice 86%
No, it doesn't matter to me 14%
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Does your diabetes team ask you to bring your glucose meter with you when you go to clinic? %
Yes 77%
No 23%
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You may download the Excel spreadsheet used to generate these graphs in Excel 2003 or Excel 2007 format.



                 
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Last Updated: Sunday November 25, 2007 14:41:02
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