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Table 3 Data on the frequencies that various laboratory tests were ordered for T2DM patients by specialists and nonspecialists

From: Factors Influencing the Prescribing Preferences of Physicians for Drug-Naive Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in the Real-World Setting in Japan: Insight from a Web Survey

Frequency of the tests Body weight (%) HbA1c (%) FPG (%) PPG (%) Serum creatinine (%) AST/ALT/γ-GTP (%) C-peptide (%)
Specialists
Do not perform this test (0.0) 0.4 0.4 13.3 4.2 0.4 1.3 22.1
Every 7–12 months (1.5) 0.0 0.8 7.1 1.3 1.7 2.5 45.0
Every 4–6 months (2.5) 0.8 0.4 10.4 5.4 11.7 13.8 15.0
Every 3 months (4.0) 5.0 5.4 12.5 12.9 19.2 18.3 11.3
Every 2 months (6.0) 10.4 19.2 25.0 27.5 21.7 22.5 3.8
Every month (12.0) 83.3 73.8 31.7 48.8 45.4 41.7 2.9
Nonspecialists
Do not perform this test (0.0) 2.0 0.0 13.9 11.2 0.4 2.4 35.1
Every 7–12 months (1.5) 1.2 0.0 3.6 1.2 2.4 3.6 34.7
Every 4–6 months (2.5) 2.8 2.4 8.8 7.2 21.1 20.7 16.7
Every 3 months (4.0) 7.6 12.7 16.7 13.9 24.7 26.3 8.0
Every 2 months (6.0) 12.4 22.7 22.3 24.3 23.9 23.9 5.2
Every month (12.0) 74.1 62.2 34.7 42.2 27.5 23.1 0.4
  1. The values presented are the percentages of the diabetes specialists and nonspecialists who prescribed the tests
  2. γ-GTP gamma-glutamyl transferase, ALT alanine aminotransferase, AST aspartate transaminase, FPG fasting plasma glucose, HbA1c glycated hemoglobin, PPG postprandial glucose