Kari Nerhus

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BACKGROUND Instruments for self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) are increasingly used by patients with diabetes. The analytical quality of meters in routine use is poorly characterized. METHODS We compared SMBG performance achieved by patients and by a medical laboratory technician. Imprecision was calculated from duplicate measurements, and deviation(More)
BACKGROUND The analytical quality of self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) is not satisfactory, and the need for standardized control routines for SMBG has been underscored. The objective of this study was to investigate whether an external quality assessment scheme (EQAS) designed for office laboratories could improve the quality of SMBG measurements. (More)
OBJECTIVE This study used nationwide data to determine the prevalence of self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) among all non-institutionalized persons living in Norway and to estimate the prevalence of SMBG among diabetes patients, the frequency and cost of SMBG, and the use of different glucometers. METHODS This retrospective, descriptive study is(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate diabetes patients' self-monitoring of blood glucose using a community pharmacy-based quality assurance procedure, to investigate whether the procedure improved the quality of the patient performance of self monitoring of blood glucose, and to examine the opinions of the patients taking part in the study. METHODS The results of(More)
OBJECTIVES We aimed to implement a method for glucose measurements that could be used as a comparison method for asessing patients' self-monitoring of blood glucose. Further, we investigated whether pharmacies could achieve an analytical quality comparable to glucose measurements performed in general practice. METHODS Sixteen Norwegian pharmacy employees(More)
BACKGROUND The analytical quality of self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) can be affected by environmental conditions such as temperature. The objective of this study was to determine the influence of (1) a shift in the ambient temperature immediately before measurement and (2) taking measurements in the lower and upper part of the operating temperature(More)
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