Near patient testing in diabetes clinics: appraising the costs and outcomes

Grieve R, Beech R, Vincent J, Mazurkiewicz J
Record ID 31999009326
Authors' objectives:

To compare the costs and consequences of providing test results by near patient testing (NPT) compared with conventional testing. The effect of the testing method on the process of care, the accuracy of testing, patient satisfaction, clinical attitudes, and health service and patient costs was investigated. A secondary aim was to generate hypotheses concerning the effect of the testing method on clinical outcome.

Authors' recommendations: The results of this initial research project indicate that providing HbA1C results by NPT seems to improve the process of care and aspects of patient satisfaction. A prospective RCT of NPT in diabetes clinics is now needed.
Authors' methods: Randomised controlled trial
Project Status: Completed
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Year Published: 1999
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England, United Kingdom
MeSH Terms
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Hematologic Tests
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Point-of-Care Systems
Organisation Name: NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme
Contact Address: NIHR Journals Library, National Institute for Health and Care Research, Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre, Alpha House, University of Southampton Science Park, Southampton SO16 7NS, UK
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