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Telemonitoring improves diabetes control, but more work is needed
  1. Bonnie Wakefield
  1. Centre for Comprehensive Access & Delivery Research and Evaluation, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Bonnie Wakefield, Centre for Comprehensive Access & Delivery Research and Evaluation, 601 Hwy 6 West, Iowa City, IA 52246, USA; bonnie.wakefield{at}va.gov

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Implications for practice and research

  • Large-scale acceptance of telemonitoring of patient self-administered tests (eg, glucose, blood pressure) will require attention to how additional workload will be integrated into the workflow of the clinic.

  • Additional research is required to fine tune telemonitoring interventions, including content, intervention dose, intervention length and appropriate targeting to subpopulations with chronic illness.

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Diabetes is an increasingly prevalent and costly disease worldwide. An important aspect of diabetes management is self-monitoring blood glucose in the home. Blood glucose control is associated with lower rates of the significant long-term adverse effects of diabetes. Use of home telemonitoring, that is, electronic transmission of symptom information to providers, is growing. Whether sharing frequent …

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