Research Article

Pilot study involving the use of point-of-care glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) testing for screening and monitoring of diabetes mellitus in the public healthcare sector in KwaZulu-Natal


Abstract

Background: The diabetes pandemic continues to cause both patient and economic burden. Globally, strategies to improve glycaemic control in patients with diabetes are highly sought after. One such strategy involves the use of point-of-care glycated haemoglobin (POCT HbA1c) testing, which provides clinicians with rapid information on glycaemic control and also may assist with a diagnosis of diabetes in others.

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