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Diabetes Metab J. 2017 Jun;41(3):213-222. doi: 10.4093/dmj.2017.41.3.213.

Satisfaction Survey on Information Technology-Based Glucose Monitoring System Targeting Diabetes Mellitus in Private Local Clinics in Korea.

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1
Department of Medical Informatics, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
2
Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
3
National Evidence-based healthcare Collaborating Agency (NECA), Seoul, Korea.
4
Department of Preventive Medicine, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
5
Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. drhopper@catholic.ac.kr.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Private local clinics in Korea have little experience with information technology (IT)-based glucose monitoring (ITGM). Our aim is to examine user satisfaction and the possibility of using ITGM service practically.

METHODS:

Patients sent their blood glucose levels to physicians in local clinics. The physicians reviewed the blood glucose values online and provided personal consultations through text messaging or phone calls. Thereafter, a satisfaction survey on the ITGM service, the modified Morisky scale, and patient assessment of chronic illness care were administered.

RESULTS:

One hundred and seventy patients from seven private local clinics used the ITGM. Overall satisfaction, including that about the ITGM service, the device, and its usefulness, was rated higher than "mostly satisfied" (score 4.2±0.8 out of 5.0) and even higher among the elderly. Satisfaction was positively associated with age, especially in those older than 60 years. The main reason for intent for future use of the service was the time/place flexibility. Highly motivated patients tended to answer positively regarding information satisfaction (P=0.0377).

CONCLUSION:

Our study is the first to investigate ITGM satisfaction in private local clinics. The feasibility of users utilizing ITGM should be clarified, and future clinical research on the service's clinical effects and cost-benefit analysis is needed.

KEYWORDS:

Diabetes mellitus; Glucose monitoring; Telemedicine; Telemonitoring

Conflict of interest statement

No potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported.

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