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Investigation of the role of HbA1c in diabetes screening protocols in remote Aboriginal communities

 

Overview

Current screening methods are failing to detect people with diabetes in northern Australia. In December 2009 the American Diabetes Association updated their criteria for diagnosing diabetes to include glycated haemoglobin A (HbA1c) testing. Currently the use of HbA1c to diagnose diabetes is not part of the Australian guidelines.

This project aims to determine the potential utility of HbA1c as a diagnostic tool for diabetes, in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health service practices. This project will assess the benefit of the addition of HbA1c screening by measuring:

Program outcomes determined that POC HbA1c testing is sufficiently accurate to be a useful component in screening for, and diagnosing, diabetes in remote communities.

Abstract adapted from Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC)

Contacts

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC)
Corner of Anne and Dora Streets
PO Box 1377
Broome WA 6725
Ph: (08) 9194 3200
Fax: (08) 9192 2500
Email: kamsc@kamsc.org.au

Related publications

Marley JV, Oh MS, Hadgraft N, Singleton S, Isaacs K, Atkinson D (2015)

Cross-sectional comparison of point-of-care with laboratory HbA1c in detecting diabetes in real-world remote Aboriginal settings.

BMJ Open; 5(3): e006277

Retrieved 12 March 2015 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006277

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Last updated: 30 July 2015
 
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