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Is Australia ready to use glycated haemoglobin for the diagnosis of diabetes?

Jonathan E Shaw, Michael C d’Emden and Ian Goodall, On behalf of the Joint HbA1c Working Party of the Australian Diabetes Society, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, and the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (1): 7-8.

HbA1c may be a practical alternative to blood glucose for the diagnosis of diabetes

Jonathan E Shaw, MD, FRCP, FRACP, Associate Director1
Michael C d’Emden, MD, PhD, FRACP, Director2
Ian Goodall, FAACB, FAIMS, FFSc(RCPA), Senior Scientist3
1 Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, VIC.
2 Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.
3 Special Chemistry, Austin Pathology, Austin Health, Melbourne, VIC.
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Kirkman MS, Kendall DM. Hemoglobin A1c to diagnose diabetes: why the controversy over adding a new tool? Clin Chem 2011; 57: 255-257.
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Little RR, Rohlfing CL, Sacks DB; National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program (NGSP) Steering Committee. Status of hemoglobin A1c measurement and goals for improvement: from chaos to order for improving diabetes care. Clin Chem 2011; 57: 205-214.
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RCPA Chemical Pathology Programs. Program information circular: glycohaemoglobin program, whole blood samples, 22/06/09. http://www.rcpaqap.com.au/chempath/documents/uploadedfiles/455_Whole%20Blood%20Samples%20270809.pdf (accessed Mar 2011).
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Colagiuri S, Lee C, Wong T, et al. Glycemic thresholds for diabetes-specific retinopathy: implications for diagnostic criteria for diabetes. Diabetes Care 2011; 34: 145-150.
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20978099

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