Move to adopt over-25s diabetes screen unlikely

The call for a funded screening program came as the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) released for consultation in November a draft guideline on the prevention of type 2 diabetes.

Dr Evan Ackermann, chair of the RACGP’s National Standing Committee – Quality Care, said advice to screen every patient over the age of 25 would probably not be included in the next Red Book because evidence for screening people aged 25–40 was lacking.

However, evidence for screening people older than 40 with the Australian-developed type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool (AUSDRISK) was well established, he said.

“It would be much better if we had some sort of funding model and infrastructure there to complete those screening programs in general practice,” Dr Ackermann said.

Associate Professor Wah Cheung, president of the Australian Diabetes Society, said the AusDiab study showed the incidence of