Social deprivation and diabetic patients

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6938.1240 (Published 07 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1240
  1. J Christensen,
  2. J M Moller
  1. Department of Clinical Physiology, Aalborg Sygehus, Postboks 561, 9100 Aalborg, Denmark

    EDITOR, - William F Kelly and colleagues link social deprivation and illness in diabetic patients.1 It would have been informative to know whether the patients living in the deprived wards were not using insulin simply because they had non-insulin dependent diabetes, which would be in agreement with their older age. Was the prevalence of insulin dependent diabetes comparable in the wards? In an earlier Danish study that linked diabetic ketoacidosis to social deprivation, patients from the lowest social classes had …

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