Despite ethic disparity, UK diabetes care is improving

Wed, 13 Jun 2007
According to a recent study published in PLoS Medicine, new GP contracts have massively improved care for diabetic patients, despite ethnic disparities. Apparently, black people of Caribbean origin did not benefit from the healthcare as much as other ethnic groups, even though this was the goal of the health reforms.

Globally, people of ethnic minorities are often more likely to develop diabetes, and due to a variety of factors their condition is often not so closely managed. Addressing this issue was part of recent UK health reforms that evaluates GPs on how well they perform.

Researchers studied the Wandsworth area of Southern London, due to ethnic diversity. They found that all ethnic groups seemed to have benefited, apart from Black Caribbean people. The effect of the pay for performance reforms might not be suitable to drive health care improvements across the board.
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