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The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a three-year, $1.14 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to test an automated self-management monitor (ASMM) for people with poorly controlled diabetes. The device prompts patients to check blood glucose levels and take medication. This may be particularly effective in changing behavior because it is timely, regular, and used at home, where most self-management of blood glucose occurs.

            Edith A. Burns, M.D., associate professor of medicine in geriatrics and gerontology, is principal investigator for the grant. She practices at the Zablocki VA Medical Center.

Dr. Burns hopes to demonstrate that use of the ASMM will improve control over blood glucose levels and improve self-management behaviors. Two-hundred adults with poorly controlled diabetes will be recruited from senior housing sites in Milwaukee, and primary care and endocrine clinics staffed by medical college faculty. The ASMM will be installed in participants’ homes to provide audio reminders to perform blood glucose management and take medication, and feedback on whether individual readings are within target ranges.

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