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High rates of false positives are likely in diabetes screening programmes in India

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3535 (Published 29 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3535
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

Large scale community based diabetes screening in India is likely to be associated with a high rate of false positive results, particularly when using risk score questionnaires, a simulation study published in PLOS Medicine has found.

India recently started a diabetes screening programme using either risk scoring questionnaires or random blood glucose testing, and the government plans to expand this over the next few years. But even though up to 53 million people have been screened so far, no data have been collected on the performance of the screening programme.

The simulation study used data from 58 cohort studies of diabetes in India and applied the …

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