More than one third of diabetic patients have poor blood glucose control, shows audit

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 30 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d4170
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

More than one third of patients diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have blood glucose levels above recommended targets putting them at high risk of complications, warn results from the latest audit of diabetes care in England.

The annual audit reviewed data from general practices and hospitals on core components of diabetes care for more than 80% of the estimated 2.34 million people aged 17 and over with diagnosed diabetes in England. Data for 68 000 patients were also collected in Wales, where the audit process has been introduced more recently.

Results for HbA1c measurements showed that 37% of people diagnosed with diabetes in England had levels …

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