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Quality of diabetes records varies with social mix

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 25 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:0-e

Women and people living in areas with high social deprivation or large ethnic minorities are less likely to have their diabetes care recorded thoroughly. Hippisley-Cox and colleagues (p 1267) surveyed 237 UK general practices and examined records of 54 180 diabetic patients among a population of 1.8 million patients. Of 17 recorded quality indicators for care (such as body mass index, smoking status, HbA1C concentration, blood pressure, and having flu vaccination or treatment with angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors), 10 were inversely associated with deprivation, nine with ethnic origin, and eight with being female.

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