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Financial incentives improve adolescent glucose self-monitoring

Daily glucose monitoring is critical to achieving glycemic control, but many adolescents “fall off the cliff” as they transition from childhood to young adulthood and parents become less involved in diabetes care. In a new study presented at AcademyHealth’s 2017 Annual Research Meeting in New Orleans, Dr. Charlene Wong found that  daily loss-framed financial incentives improve adherence to daily glucose monitoring among adolescents and young adults with Type 1 Diabetes.  Dr. Wong describes the implications of her study in a video interview [above] at the Annual Research Meeting. This is one of the first studies to demonstrate that financial incentives targeted at adolescents and young adults can motivate behavior change.