Diabetes survey by healthcare watchdog

Mon, 16 Apr 2007
According to a new survey by the Healthcare Commission, most people suffering from diabetes have annual check-ups to ensure that their condition is under control. Unfortunately, many people feel that they need to be offered more help to self-manage their disease, in particular through education courses and in hospitals.

The major survey was carried out in autumn 2006, and involved almost 70,000 people. Health care trusts and general practices were also involved. The vast majority of diabetics said that they had had blood pressure, glucose levels, weight and cholesterol checked in the last year.

Although these were positive findings, other areas were found to be deficient. For instance, 17 per cent of people did not know if they had type 1 or type 2 diabetes. According to the study, care improvements for diabetics in hospital are still necessary. The head of surveys at the commission, Jonathon Boyce, reportedly commented:

"We are pleased the survey results have shown that nearly all people with diabetes are now getting regular check-ups including screening for complications. This should be celebrated. The commitment to improve the management of diabetes is reflected in the high proportion of GPs who agreed to participate in this survey. What we now need is consistency in the help and support offered by the NHS. It is critical that people with diabetes are able to access all the resources and expertise to enable them to manage the care of their diabetes more effectively."
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