Introduction: Hypoglycemia after BI initiation can negatively impact patient adherence to titration and glycemic target achievement. We report on 2 surveys to better understand patient and physician perspectives/experiences of hypoglycemia during BI titration.
Methods: Adults with T2D and ≥2 claims (≥30 days apart in last 12 months) in the Optum Research Database who initiated BI (February-April 2021) , and physicians who treated ≥30 patients with T2D, ≥1 initiating BI (October 2020-March 2021) , completed a mailed survey.
Results: Responders were 416 patients (51% male, 71% white, mean age 70 years, 72% >years T2D duration) and 386 physicians (45% general practice) . Most physicians reported discussing hypoglycemia signs/symptoms (93%) and how to titrate BI in response to blood glucose (BG) levels (81%) with patients. Among patients who experienced hypoglycemia (49%; Table) , 57% felt very/extremely confident titrating BI during hypoglycemia. Only 35% met fasting BG (FBG) targets. Diabetes Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire hypoglycemia score (1.34/6) suggests patients felt hypoglycemia was infrequent.
Conclusion: While physicians educate patients on hypoglycemia awareness and BI titration, nearly half of patients surveyed experienced hypoglycemia during titration, and only a third met FBG targets, suggesting new strategies and tools are needed for effective BI titration.
S.B.Harris: Consultant; Abbott, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly and Company, Novo Nordisk, Sanofi, Other Relationship; Abbott, AstraZeneca, Bayer Inc., Dexcom, Eli Lilly and Company, HLS Therapeutics, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Novo Nordisk, Sanofi, Research Support; Applied Therapeutics Inc., AstraZeneca, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) , Novo Nordisk, Sanofi, The Lawson Foundation. K.Mohammedi: Board Member; Lilly, Novo Nordisk, Sanofi, Research Support; Cyclerion Therapeutics, Inc., Speaker's Bureau; Abbott, AstraZeneca. M.Bertolini: Employee; Sanofi. V.Walker: Consultant; Sanofi-Aventis U.S. M.H.Carlyle: None. F.L.Zhou: Employee; Sanofi, Stock/Shareholder; Sanofi. J.Seufert: Advisory Panel; Abbott, Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH, Research Support; Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH, Speaker's Bureau; Abbott Diabetes, AstraZeneca, Bayer AG, Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH, Lilly, Novo Nordisk, Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH. J.E.Anderson: Advisory Panel; Abbott Diabetes, Consultant; AstraZeneca, Bayer AG, Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH, Gelesis, Novo Nordisk, Sanofi, Speaker's Bureau; Eli Lilly and Company.