|Year : 2015 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 294
An ethical issue at follow-up
Sunil K Raina
Department of Community Medicine, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India
|Date of Web Publication||5-May-2015|
Sunil K Raina
Department of Community Medicine, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Raina SK. An ethical issue at follow-up. Neurol India 2015;63:294
I went through with interest, the article entitled "Prevalence of neuropathy in patients with impaired glucose tolerance using various electrophysiological tests," published in Neurology India (Neurol India 2014;62:656-61).  The authors need to be complimented for their effort. However, I have a small concern with a statement used in this study. The authors state that the study subjects were referred from a diabetes health camp conducted at the department of Endocrinology. The authors further state that these subjects were diagnosed to be having prediabetes as defined by the World Health Organization criteria.  The authors further state that age-matched subjects with normal glucose tolerance test were the controls. However, the statement of concern is when the authors state in their material and methods that the subjects were followed for a 4-year period for the development of diabetes. No further detail has been added to this statement. This is important because once a person is labeled as a prediabetic, an intervention plan needs to be put up in place to prevent the patients from developing frank diabetes. However, no such details are available. I understand that some serious ethical issues may arise by not supplementing this statement with qualifying details.
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Kannan MA, Sarva S, Kandadai RM, Paturi VR, Jabeen SA, Borgohain R. Prevalence of neuropathy in patients with impaired glucose tolerance using various electrophysiological tests. Neurol India 2014;62:656-61.