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More than half of diabetic patients do not get recommended annual tests

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 16 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3228
  1. Philip Wilson
  1. 1BMJ

    A large proportion of patients in England and Wales with diabetes are not undergoing the regular checks recommended to monitor their condition, says a national audit of diabetes care. Younger patients are particularly likely to miss out.

    In 2008-9 just a third of people with type 1 diabetes and half of those with type 2 diabetes receive all nine of the annual checks recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), despite the fact that 90% of patients with diabetes were seen by their healthcare team during the year.

    The figures, from the national diabetes audit, represent an improvement on previous years—notably in comparison with the 11% of patients who received all nine tests in 2003-4, when auditing began. However, gradual improvement in monitoring has failed …

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