EDINBURGH, Scotland – Patients with poorly controlled Type 2 diabetes had better glycemic control and a reduction in blood pressure when using telemonitoring intervention, suggests a recent Telescot Diabetes Pragmatic Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial. The trial monitored 321 patients over a nine-month period. Half of the patients self-measured and transmitted their morning and evening glucose to their primary care nurses at least twice weekly, as well as blood pressure and weight at least weekly. Nurses contacted the patients to make treatment changes or reinforce lifestyle advice. The other half received usual care, including at least an annual review and more frequent reviews for people with poor glycemic or blood pressure control.
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