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Blood From a Finger-prick is OK to Test for Diabetes



This study demonstrated that point of care capillary blood glucose analysers can be used as part of the process of diagnosing and excluding diabetes in remote rural communities using locally established capillary equivalence values.

The study led to changes to the diagnostic pathway for type 2 diabetes in the Kimberley, and the Kimberley chronic disease therapeutic protocol for type 2 diabetes (2007). The results from this study also contributed to changes to the current national evidence based guideline for case detection and diagnosis of type 2 diabetes (2009).

Abstract adapted from Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC)


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

Evaluated publications

Marley JV, Davies S, Coleman K, Hayhow BD, Brennan G, Mein JK, Nelson C, Atkinson D, Maguire GP (2007)

Point-of-care testing of capillary glucose in the exclusion and diagnosis of diabetes in remote Australia.

Medical Journal of Australia; 186(10): 500-503


Last updated: 28 July 2016
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