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Thomas Herchline


Objective: This research study was conducted to determine the correlation between finger stick glucose and finger stick hemoglobin A1c values in order to draw conclusions about the redundancy of the two tests in a rural Jamaican traveling clinic setting. Methods: This study was conducted using de-identified data from an electronic health record used in clinics in St. Mary’s Parish, Jamaica. A correlational analysis was completed using the glucose and A1c variables to determine both the direction and strength of the correlation. Results: A positive correlation of 0.654549 was found in analysis. This correlation did not meet the set threshold for test redundancy of 0.8 which is of importance to clinical staff who must make decisions about resource distribution in the clinics of interest.