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An accurate and portable system for glycated haemoglobin measurement in the tropics

Gebrekidan, A., Gill, Geoff, Wile, D., Gill, A. and Tesfaye, S. (2004) 'An accurate and portable system for glycated haemoglobin measurement in the tropics'. Tropical Doctor, Vol 34, Issue 2, pp. 94-95.

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Abstract

Measurement of glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) is vital to provide meaningful diabetic care, but the assay is difficult and expensive, making its availability limited in resource-poor countries. We have field-tested a novel near-patient HbA1c meter (Glycosal(TM) Provalis Diagnostics Ltd, UK) in northern Ethiopia. The machine was easy to use and gave results which correlated well (r=0.96) with standard laboratory methods. The meter also performed well and retained accuracy at high ambient temperature (34.0degreesC). Though still relatively expensive (pound4 per test), this meter does give the opportunity for practical and appropriate HbA1c testing in tropical climes, and should be considered for at least intermittent use in diabetic patients.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Tropical Doctor not online until 2005
Uncontrolled Keywords: complications
Subjects: W General Medicine. Health Professions > Health Services. Patients and Patient Advocacy > W 85 Patients. Attitude and compliance
QU Biochemistry > Carbohydrates. Lipids > QU 75 Carbohydrates
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WK Endocrine System > WK 20 Research (General)
WK Endocrine System > WK 810 Diabetes mellitus
WK Endocrine System > WK 815 Therapy
WK Endocrine System > WK 835 Complications of diabetes
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Clinical Group
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Depositing User: Sarah Lewis-Newton
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2012 16:23
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:03
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/2244

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