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Open Access Screening adult tuberculosis patients for diabetes mellitus in Ebeye, Republic of the Marshall Islands

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A retrospective cohort study was conducted to evaluate the screening of adult TB patients for diabetes (DM) using glycated haemoglobin (HbA1C) in Ebeye, Republic of the Marshall Islands. Of 62 patients registered between July 2010 and December 2012, 28 (45%) had DM. The only significant difference in baseline characteristics between those with and those without DM was higher age in those with DM. Two-month sputum smears and cultures were also not different between the two groups. Despite the limited sample size, this study shows that screening TB patients for DM in Ebeye is feasible and worthwhile and that it should be continued.
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Keywords: DM screening; Pacific Islands; TB outcomes; TB standards

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Ebeye Community Health Center, Ministry of Health, Ebeye, Republic of the Marshall Islands 2: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of TB Elimination, Atlanta, Georgia, USA 3: College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Fiji National University, Suva, Fiji 4: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, South-East Asia Regional Office, New Delhi, India 5: Ministry of Health, Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands

Publication date: June 21, 2014

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