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A quarter of diabetic patients miss out on annual foot checks, UK survey warns

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 15 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7405
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

One in four patients with diabetes have not had their feet checked in the previous year, despite annual foot checks being recommended as part of routine care to prevent complications, a new UK online survey shows.

Diabetes UK surveyed people with diabetes who were in contact with the charity between 8 September and 8 November 2011, asking them about 15 healthcare checks and specialist services that it considers essential to good care. Two thirds of the 7184 respondents had type 2 diabetes and one third had type 1 diabetes. The results showed that 25.4% of …

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