Integrating Chronic Care into Family Practice: Blending the Paradigms
The Structured Testing Program (STeP) trial demonstrated that use a structured self-monitoring of blood glucose intervention improves clinical outcomes, prompts earlier and persistent treatment adjustments, and increases patients' self-confidence and motivation associated with their diabetes self-management. This article discusses the experience of implementing the STeP intervention in a primary care practice.
David L. Tetrick, MD, is board certified in internal medicine and has been practicing medicine in Indianapolis, Ind., for 25 years. Christopher G. Parkin, MS, is a clinical researcher and medical writer specializing in the development of diabetes education and information relevant to diabetes management for more than 32 years.
Note of disclosure: Dr. Tetrick and Mr. Parkin have worked as consultants for Roche Diagnostics, Inc., which developed the ACCU-CHEK 360° View tool discussed in this article. No funding was provided for the development of this article.
- American Diabetes Association(R) Inc., 2013