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Assessing diabetic control - reliability of methods available in resource poor settings

Rotchford, A. P., Rotchford, K. M., Machattie, T. and Gill, Geoff (2002) 'Assessing diabetic control - reliability of methods available in resource poor settings'. Diabetic Medicine, Vol 19, Issue 3, pp. 195-200.

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Aims and methods To examine the reliability of random venous or capillary blood glucose testing, random urine glucose testing, and a current symptom history in predicting a high HbA(1c) in Type 2 diabetic patients taking oral hypoglycaemic agents in a poorly controlled rural African population. Results For a cut-off point for HbA(1c) of greater than or equal to 8%, for random venous plasma glucose of greater than or equal to 14 mmol/L (present in 47.2% of subjects), specificity was 97.1% (95% CI 85.1-99.9), sensitivity 56.8% (48.8-64.5) and positive predictive value (PPV) 98.9% (94.2-99.9). HbA(1c) greater than or equal to 8% is predicted by a random capillary blood glucose of 17 mmol/L (present in 28.4% of subjects) with specificity 100% (90.0-100.0), PPV 100% (93.7-100.0) and sensitivity of 34.3% (27.2-42.1). HbA(1c) greater than or equal to 8% is predicted by the presence of heavy glycosuria (greater than or equal to 55 mmol/L) (present in 35.6%) with specificity 94.1% (80.3-99.3), sensitivity of 41.9% (34.1-49.9) and PPV 97.1% (89.9-99.6). Polyuria/nocturia (present in 31.3%) was the only symptom found to be associated with poor control, with a specificity for predicting HbA(1c) of greater than or equal to 8% of 81.5% (61.9-93.7), PPV 89.1% (76.4-96.4) and sensitivity 30.6% (22.9-39.1). Conclusions Where resources are short, random glucose testing can be used to detect a significant proportion of those with the worst control with a high degree of specificity enabling primary care staff to modify treatment safely. Where facilities are limited capillary blood or urine testing with reagent strips, may be substituted for venous plasma testing in the laboratory. A symptom history was insufficient to replace biochemical testing, but where this is unavailable, urinary symptoms may be helpful.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: W General Medicine. Health Professions > Health Services. Patients and Patient Advocacy > W 85 Patients. Attitude and compliance
WA Public Health > WA 30 Socioeconomic factors in public health (General)
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WK Endocrine System > WK 810 Diabetes mellitus
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Clinical Group
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Depositing User: Martin Chapman
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2013 14:52
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:05


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