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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Kay Foland


blood sugar management, diabetes nursing, diabetics education, patient education


Over the past decade, self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) has become an increasingly important and widely accepted part of diabetes management (American Diabetes Association, 1985; Consensus Statement on SMGB, 1987; Wing, Epstein, Nowalk, Scott & Koeske, 1985; Wysocki, 1988). It is an important advancement that provides both the diabetic and the physician with vital blood glucose data obtained in a patient's normal surroundings. Patients are able to measure their own blood glucose levels in day-to-day circumstances rather than utilize a periodic blood glucose level obtained in a physician's office (Kilo & Dudley, 1988; Mecklenburg, 1987). It is not clear, however, if accurate blood glucose monitoring technique can be learned through self-instruction or if professional instruction is necessary.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Blood sugar -- Measurement
Diabetes -- Nursing
Diabetics -- Education
Patient education



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