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Quette place pour l'automesure glycémique dans la prise en charge du diabète de type 2 [Which role for self-monitoring of blood glucose in type 2 diabetes?]
Revue Médicale Suisse
There is a sustained controversy in the literature about the role and utility of self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) in type 2 diabetes. The study results in this field do not provide really useful clues for the integration of SMBG in the follow-up of the individual patient, because they are based on a misconception of SMBG. It is studied as if it was a medical treatment whose effect on glycemic control is to be isolated. However, SMBG has no such intrinsic effect. It gains its purpose only as an inseparable component of a comprehensive and structured educational strategy. To be appropriate this strategy cannot be based on the health care professionals' view on diabetes only. It rather has to be tailored to the individual patient's needs through an ongoing process of shared reflection with him.
Blood Glucose/analysis, Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2/blood, Humans, Self Care
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