Full annual checks for diabetes are a postcode lottery, finds audit

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 13 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4142
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

The likelihood of diabetes patients having all nine essential checks that are recommended every year varies widely across England and Wales with a full battery of tests four times more common in some areas than in others, an audit has found.1

The National Diabetes Audit report on care processes shows that in 2010-11 more patients (54% in England and 60% in Wales) received the nine annual checks and services recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence than in 2009-10 (51% and 58% respectively).

However, 36 primary care trust areas in England …

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