BGM Diary: Supporting Subjective Experience in Blood Glucose Management Training

Laurens Boer, Kasper Heiselberg, Harvey Bewley

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Historically, blood glucose monitoring (BGM) device design has focused on the physiological aspects of diabetes, with less consideration for the psychological aspects of relating the measurement to one's experienced symptoms. In this pictorial, we explore how the subjective experience of blood glucose monitoring can be supported. We developed the BGM diary, a training system for existing BGM devices. The BGM diary involves a practice of guessing and measuring of blood glucose, followed by an annotation of felt symptoms to facilitate learning about experiences and symptoms. We unpack how blood glucose work could involve persons with diabetes in other ways in their care program through an elaboration on the design aspects of the BGM diary and reflections with a diabetes nurse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesigning Interactive Systems Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date13 Jun 2022
Pages1849 - 1862
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2022


  • Diabetes
  • Self-Management Technology
  • Blood Glucose Monitoring
  • Subjective Experiences


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