The impact of flash glucose monitoring on the clinical practice of healthcare professionals working in diabetes care

Wright, A L and Mattacola, E L and Burgess, L and Smith, L and Finlay, K A (2021) The impact of flash glucose monitoring on the clinical practice of healthcare professionals working in diabetes care. Diabetes research and clinical practice, 183. ISSN 0168-8227

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Aims. Research has identified that healthcare professionals' attitudes in clinical consultations impact the efficacy of their communication with service users and the blood glucose monitoring behaviours of their clients. Yet no research has sought to understand the impact of flash glucose monitoring on the experience of undertaking clinical consultations. This qualitative study aimed to explore the impact that flash glucose monitoring has on the clinical practice of healthcare professionals. Methods. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seventeen Healthcare Professionals (female: n=13; male: n=4) working with flash glucose monitoring and analysed via Thematic Analysis. Results. Three themes were identified: (1) Delivering Person-Centred Care; (2) Shift in Diabetes Management; and (3) Time Burden. These themes highlight that flash glucose monitoring facilitates person-centred care through the provision of comprehensive data which improves communication between healthcare professionals and service users. However, preparing for consultations which integrate flash glucose monitoring requires a significant, potentially burdensome time investment. Conclusions. Flash glucose monitoring enhances the strategic ability of healthcare professionals to provide evidence-based patient-centred care. This facilitates growth in service users' self-efficacy and encourages targeted diabetes self-management. However, further training is needed to optimise the ability of clinicians to rapidly interrogate and present monitoring data to users.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted 25 November 2021
Uncontrolled Keywords: Flash glucose monitoring ; Diabetes care ; Healthcare professionals ; Self-management ; Adherence ; Consultations ; Health Communication
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Emily Mattacola
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2022 10:37
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2022 01:15

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