How do you get your HbA1c measured?
Venous blood draw at a hospital lab
Venous blood draw at the doctor's office
Venous blood draw at another location
Finger stick test at the doctor's office
Finger stick test at home with immediate results
Finger stick test at home that I mail to a lab
More than one of the above
I don't get HbA1c tests done
Total votes: 503
How do you get your HbA1c measured?Poll dates: February 19 - 26, 2006
Total Votes: 503
A study published in 1999 showed that immediate feedback on HbA1c improves blood sugar control. Just over half of our readers (53%) report having a finger stick test performed at the doctor's office or at home, which would facilitate discussions with a patient's diabetes team during a regularly scheduled visit. Results from HbA1c tests performed from a venous blood draw, reported by 36% of readers, often take many days to be reported, making it difficult to discuss with a patient's diabetes team.
Since we first ran this poll in March 2003, there has been a slight increase in people get a finger stick A1c test at their doctor's office (53% versus 49%) and a decrease in people needing a venous draw (36% versus 38%). This is good news, as more people are able to discuss their A1c reading at the time of their clinic visit. But within the last year, the number getting finger stick tests at their doctor declined by 3%, and the number getting venous draws increased by 4%. That's not encouraging.
Answer Feb 2006 Mar 2005 Mar 2004 Mar 2003 Venous blood draw at a hospital lab 19% 17% 16% 21% Venous blood draw at the doctor's office 12% 12% 11% 12% Venous blood draw at another location 5% 3% 5% 5% Finger stick test at the doctor's office 53% 56% 56% 49% Finger stick test at home with immediate results 3% 2% 2% 2% Finger stick test at home that I mail to a lab 1% 1% 1% 1% More than one of the above 3% 4% 5% 4% I don't get HbA1c tests done 1% 1% 1% 1% Other 1% 1% 0% 1%
For more information, see HbA1c Measurement.
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