Am a data analyst working on healthcare data analysis. I came across the below terms in my source data from the hospital system. I did a google search and found that they all are the same

Glycated HB        %           
Glycated HB, POCT  %           
HbA1c, IFCC        mmol/mol 
HbA1c, NGSP/DCCT   % 

Am I right to understand that all these indicates HbA1c measurement only and they are just different names with different representations (% or mmol/mol)?


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As you found, HbA1c is glycated Haemoglobin (Hb) the A1c bit refers to the type of Haemoglobin.

POCT is Point of Care Testing. (See https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1932296814538940

IFCC is International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (https://www.ifcc.org/) a standardisation program for HbA1c testing

DCCT is the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial. (See https://www.niddk.nih.gov/about-niddk/research-areas/diabetes/blood-glucose-control-studies-type-1-diabetes-dcct-edic)

NGSP is an organisation looking to standardise HbA1c testing (http://www.ngsp.org/).

When the NGSP began in 1996 it was originally called the “National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program”.  As the program grew and became international in scope the official name was shortened to the acronym.


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