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GP records search picks up diabetes

Searching practices' records to identify high-risk patients for diabetes screening is an effective strategy for improving diagnosis, a new study reports.

An electronically calculated formula identified 4,976 older people in Jersey who were at risk of diabetes, 6 per cent of the total population.

Screening with glucose tol-erance tests then diagnosed

211 new cases of type 2

diabetes.

The researchers, from Diabetes Jersey, said: 'With IT support, primary care and community settings can deliver dia- betes screening by multi-factorial risk calculation, a more discriminating one-stop screen than a uni-factorial test.'

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