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Behind the headlines: The national paediatric diabetes audit 2010-11

28 September 2012

The national paediatric diabetes audit 2010-11 was released this week providing a snapshot of care for children with diabetes. The report found that although care for children is broadly improving, it is still trailing behind the care for adults with diabetes.

The audit, carried out by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, included data from 23,676 infants, children and young people under 25 in England and Wales, 94% of whom had type 1 diabetes.

The percentage of people who are getting their HbA1c levels checked is increasing with 92.8% of people included in the audit having their levels checked during 2010-11. This has been steadily increasing every year since 2004-5 when only 73% of people were having the test. 

Despite this, only 6% of those included in the survey received all nine of the NICE recommended key care processes during the year (care processes include cholesterol and blood pressure measurements and eye screening). Although this figure is on the increase, it is well behind the over 50% of adults with diabetes who receive all the care processes. 

The percentage of infants, children and young people achieving the recommended 7.5% HbA1c levels is nearly 16% up from 14.5% in the 2009-10 audit. 

Carol Bewick, Interim Director of Policy and Communications at JDRF commented, ‘Improvements in the care given to children and young people has to be a good thing but it is totally unacceptable for the standards to lag so far behind the care given to adults. Whilst striving to find the cure, we are determined to continue to campaign to improve people's lives and remove inequities.

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