According to new reports, the National Health Service is providing poor levels of diabetes care for diabetics from ethnic minorities. A research team at Imperial College, London, found that ethnic minorities were likely to receive a lower level of care, as well as being more likely to develop the disease.
Amongst South Asians in particular, diabetes control was found the be poor. The study, published in the International Journal for Equity in Health, was gleaned through the study of diabetic patients in several Primary-care Trusts in London.
One researcher, Dr. Michael Soljak, reportedly commented: “This study highlights the need to capture ethnicity data in clinical trials and in routine care, to specifically investigate the reasons for these ethnic differences. But we don’t just need to know more about both the practice and patient factors involved.”

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