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HbA1c as a diagnostic test for diabetes

CPD Hours

1.5

Category

Diagnostics
Clinical practice and procedures
Chronic diseases
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Overview

Whilst subject to some controversy over a number of years, Glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) is now used as a diagnostic tool in diagnosing diabetes as well as being a monitoring tool.

This short module provides an overview of what HbA1c is, how it is used and the benefits and limitations of it as a diagnostic and monitoring tool. It provides the current guidelines and conditions for diagnosis of diabetes.

Learning Objective

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Understand how glycated haemoglobin is used to diagnose diabetes
  • Understand the guidelines for the use of HbA1c and conditions for the diagnosis of diabetes
  • Understand how to interpret HbA1c results
  • Know the limitations of HbA1c testing

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