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Type Journal Article - Public health action
Title Screening tuberculosis patients for diabetes mellitus in Fiji: notes from the field
Volume 2
Issue 4
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2012
Page numbers 145-147
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4463061/
Diabetes (DM) is a problem in Fiji and threatens tuberculosis (TB) control efforts. A review was conducted of all TB patients registered in Fiji in 2011 to assess routine practices of screening for DM. Of 221 TB patients, 138 (62%) had their DM status recorded in their case folders; 18 (13%) had a known history of DM. Random blood glucose (RBG) was performed in 91 (76%) of the remaining 120 patients: 47(52%) had RBG = 6.1 mmol/l, but only three were further investigated, of whom one was diagnosed with DM. There are deficiencies in screening TB patients for DM in Fiji, and improvements are needed.

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