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The Impact of Point-of-Care A1C Testing on Provider Compliance and A1C Levels in a Primary Setting
The Diabetes Educator
  • Veronica Egbunike
  • Sally O Gerard, Fairfield University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2013
Abstract
Purpose: The purpose of the research was to investigate the impact of point-of-care (POC) A1C testing among patients with type 2 diabetes in a primary care setting. Methods: This study used a pretest-posttest design with data from patient charts matched for age, sex, race, body mass index, insurance status, and the number of comorbidities. A random sample of charts of patients with type 2 diabetes in the primary care setting was reviewed 6 months and 3 months pre- and post-implementation of the POC A1C testing. Results: There was a significant difference in the number of A1Cs documented in the medical record pre- versus post-implementation of POC A1C. There was also a significant difference in A1C values pre- versus post-implementation. There was also a difference in the treatment changes pre- versus post-implementation of POC A1C. Conclusion: Point-of-care A1C testing represents an opportunity for improved care of people with diabetes. The significance of this improvement will become more critical as the number of people with type 2 diabetes continues to increase.
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Copyright 2013 Sage Publications

Published Citation
Egbunike, Veronica, and Sally Gerard. "The Impact of Point-of-Care A1C Testing on Provider Compliance and A1C Levels in a Primary Setting." The Diabetes Educator 39, no. 1 (2013): 66-73.
DOI
10.1177/0145721712465340
Peer Reviewed
Citation Information
Veronica Egbunike and Sally O Gerard. "The Impact of Point-of-Care A1C Testing on Provider Compliance and A1C Levels in a Primary Setting" The Diabetes Educator Vol. 39 Iss. 1 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sally_gerard/5/