Outcomes and inequalities in diabetes from 2004/5 to 2011/12: English longitudinal study

Fleetcroft, Robert, Asaria, Miqdad, Ali, Shehzad and Cookson, Richard (2017) Outcomes and inequalities in diabetes from 2004/5 to 2011/12: English longitudinal study. British Journal of General Practice, 67 (654). e1-e9. ISSN 0960-1643

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Background: Outcomes of diabetes care are unequal and the NHS has a duty to consider reducing inequality in healthcare outcomes. Aim: To quantify trends in socioeconomic inequality in diabetes outcomes. Design and Setting: Whole-population longitudinal study of 32,482 neighbourhoods (Lower Layer Super Output Areas) in England between 2004/5 and 2011/12. Method: Slope indices of inequality between more and less deprived neighbourhoods measured annually for: (i) glycated haemoglobin control in diabetics, (ii) emergency hospitalisation for diabetes and (iii) mortality from diabetes. Results: Between 2004/5 to 2011/12 glycaemic control improved in all social groups, although inequality was unchanged as measured by the SII (0.04, 95% CI -0.43 to 0.52). Diabetes mortality improved in all social groups, with faster mortality declines in more deprived neighbourhoods. Inequality in diabetes mortality improved, with the SII falling by 2.68 (95% CI 1.93 to 3.43) resulting in 594 (95% CI 420 to 767) fewer deaths. In contrast emergency hospitalisations for diabetes increased in all social groups, with faster growth in more deprived neighbourhoods. The socioeconomic gradient increased with the SII widening by 19.59 admissions for diabetes per 100,000 (95% CI 16.00 to 23.17) resulting in an increase in excess admissions associated with socioeconomic inequality of 5,991 (95% CI 5,084 to 6,899) compared to 2004/5. Conclusion: In diabetes mortality declined faster, but emergency hospitalisation grew faster in more deprived neighbourhoods. Unequal growth in hospitalisation for diabetes is partly due to increased diabetes prevalence and patients living longer, but may also be due to over-use of glycaemic control medication.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: diabetes mellitus,socioeconomic factors,quality of healthcare,mortality,emergency medicine,patient admission,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Public Health and Health Services Research
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2016 00:29
Last Modified: 12 May 2023 00:16
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/60066
DOI: 10.3399/bjgp16X688381

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