Aim: To evaluate the performance of the simplified
Indian Diabetes Risk Score (IDRS) and the Australian
Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment (AUSDRISK)
instruments in predicting diabetes in
Background: Screening for diabetes in the general
community is common and numerous scoring systems
are being used to predict the risk of diabetes.
Data sources: For this cross-sectional study, data were
obtained from people attending the Australia India
Review methods: Data relating to risk factors for
diabetes were obtained using a questionnaire and a
random blood glucose level. The IDRS and AUSDRISK
scores were calculated. Student’s t-test, Pearson
chi-square, and receiver-operating characteristic
curves were used to compare the performance of the
Discussion: Data were analysed for 136 participants:
28 per cent of individuals considered to be low-risk and
35 per cent considered to be moderate-risk according
to AUSDRISK were classified as moderate-risk and
high-risk respectively by IDRS.
Conclusion: The two models were not congruent in
predicting diabetes risk among Asian-Indians.
Implications for practice/research The results of
this study have significant implications for education
relating to diabetes screening.