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Diabetes

All the data for these reports is sourced from your PMS. The data is obtained from the READ codes in classifications or patient history.

Generally High Needs practices have higher prevalence of diabetes, while non-High Needs practices have lower prevalence. Previously this number was compared to numbers from the MoH; initially using a prevalence estimate and then looking at observed numbers and estimating from those numbers. However as these estimates have not been updated in a number of years we have modified our reports to simply reflect patients who have been identified as diabetic in the PMS.

Diabetes annual review (DAR)

This indicator is aimed at improving the management of diabetes. It is based on a comparison between the patients who have been coded as diabetic and the number of diabetes annual reviews recorded in the PMS.

All the data for this indicator is sourced from your PMS. The data is obtained from screening completed.

There have been several cases of diabetes annual reviews (DAR) done using third party tools like Predict and Best Practice where the DAR has not been written back correctly in the PMS. So if you think the Karo numbers are too low, it is important to check this at patient level.

Despite Diabetes Annual Reviews no longer being funded, the percentage of patients with diabetes having a review in the last 12 months is still an indicator worthy of consideration.  You can still use the same codes to record DAR in the PMS. To be a valid DAR, the following checks must have been done:

  • eye (retinas) within the last two years
  • feet sensation and circulation
  • blood pressure
  • HbA1c level to check average blood glucose levels over previous six weeks
  • cholesterol levels
  • height and weight
  • kidney function