JawaPos.com – Diabetics are very dependent on the stable value of blood sugar levels in the body. If uncontrolled, the complications that accompany it such as stroke, heart and kidney failure can be a threat. Now with the advancement of technology, people with diabetes can measure their blood sugar independently at home.
It is recommended that blood sugar measurements be carried out regularly so that it can be continuously monitored and remain stable. A study was conducted by the Diabetes Friends application and the Masters in Clinical Pharmacy Universitas Gadjah Mada (MFK UGM) from January to May 2020. The study aims to assess the effectiveness of using applications in increasing diabetes knowledge, self-care activities and improving the clinical value of nurses with type 2 diabetes.
The research team of this research are Prof. Dr. Zullies Ikawati, Apt as the main researcher, Apt. Nidaul Hasanah, M. Clin, Pharm, and Apt. Perdani Adnin Maisyah, M. Clin, Pharm. The research used a quasi-experimental design by comparing changes in the intervention group and the control group.
In the intervention group is the sample group that uses the Diabetes Friends application, while the other group does not. The research location was conducted in the Special Region of Jogjakarta.
A total of 124 people with type 2 diabetes were sampled in this study. There are 80 percent of the sample aged 50-65 years and 20 percent aged 30-49 years. The male patients in this study were 46 percent and 54 percent were female.
Those who had been divided into two groups in this study were asked to undergo HbA1c or glycosylated hemoglobin. In addition, fasting plasma glucose checks were also carried out before and after 3 months of the intervention period. The examination uses a capillary blood sample.
“Based on clinical scores after 3 months, there was a more significant decrease in the mean HbA1c value in the app-using group compared to the non-app group,” the researchers told reporters recently online.
Likewise, the mean fasting blood sugar value in patients in the application group decreased to 71.4 mg / dl while the average fasting blood sugar in the non-application group increased to 72.4 mg / dl. Furthermore, in the 2-month diabetes knowledge score, the group using the application was higher than the group that did not use the application. So that people with diabetes have knowledge about lifestyle and medication adherence, as well as management of glycemic values.
“The study found that using this application for 2 months increased the user’s knowledge level of diabetes,” said Prof. Research Team. Dr. Zullies Ikawati, Apt.
“The study found that the use of applications to help diabetes care independently can provide an effect of improving clinical value marked by a decrease in the number of HbA1c,” said another researcher Prof. Dr. Zullies Ikawati, Apt.
COO of PT Global Urban Essentials (GUE), Ms. Tiffany Robyn, said that the use of application-based technology has begun to be widely used by diabetes patients. Therefore, it is important to study the effectiveness of using technology-based applications for the treatment of diabetes patients.
“It is important for people with diabetes to record their data and link the diabetics with diabetes medical personnel to get medical advice according to the individual needs of people with diabetes. So that more and more diabetes patients are entrusting Independent Blood Sugar Management (PGDM), “said Robyn.
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