• Users Online: 111
  • Print this page
  • Email this page
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 464-471

A cross-sectional survey of diabetes care providers’ perceptions and potential barriers to the use of continuous glucose monitoring technology in Singapore

Department of Pharmacy, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore, Singapore

Correspondence Address:
Ms. Phoebe X C Yap
Department of Pharmacy, National University of Singapore, 18 Science Drive 4, Singapore 117559.
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jod.jod_49_21

Rights and Permissions

Context: Given the large disease burden of diabetes in Singapore, we felt a need to study the reasons for the low uptake of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) in Singapore, despite its recognized benefits and international recommendation. Aims: The aim of this article is to identify perceptions of diabetes care providers (DCPs) and extent of barriers to promoting CGM uptake in Singapore. Settings and Design: This is a cross-sectional study in Singapore. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional online survey of DCPs over 21 years of age, who provided direct outpatient care to diabetes patients in Singapore and spent minimally 50% of their total patient care time on diabetes care services, was conducted. Statistical Analysis Used: K-means cluster analyses grouped respondents by their diabetes technology and CGM attitudes, barriers to employing CGM clinically, and perceived barriers by patients for CGM uptake and adherence. Fisher’s exact tests and Kruskal–Wallis tests assessed for inter-group demographic differences. Results: From a total sample of 47 respondents, analyses formed three clusters, describing DCPs’ willingness to recommend CGM uptake. All respondents agreed cost is the top barrier. Willing (48.9% of sample) and Unwilling (23.4%) DCPs reported minimal and many barriers to employing CGM clinically, respectively, whereas Eager DCPs (27.7%) reported none. Eager and Willing DCPs, who perceived cost as the only barrier by patients, had more positive diabetes technology and CGM attitudes versus the Unwilling DCPs that perceived many barriers by patients. Conclusion: Local DCPs agreed on the role of CGM in optimizing glycemic control, and that cost is the top barrier against CGM uptake.

Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded15    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal