QJM-An Int J Med.2013 Aug;106(8):737-745

The novel use of commonly captured data to assess a district’s diabetes service that encompasses both primary and secondary care.

Russell-Jones EC, Gough A, Lawrence S, Scobie IN.

King’s College London, Academic Centre, First Floor, Henriette Raphael House, Guy’s Campus, London SE1 1UL, UK. emma.russell-jones@kcl.ac.uk



AIM: To identify commonly captured data in the UK to look at the performance of a district’s diabetes care that encompasses both primary and secondary care.

METHODS:Primary care quality outcomes framework (QOF) measures for diabetes, referral rates for first appointment for specialist secondary care and emergency admission rates for diabetes (Dr Foster/HES) were used to produce a performance index scoring system. Illustrative measures from QOF were total diabetes points, DM23 attainment of HbA1c <7% (53 mmol/mol) and its exemption rate (number of patients excluded from analysis). The performance index was used to study the effectiveness of the Medway district diabetes service and this was compared to another district (Guildford) within the same Strategic Health Authority and nationally.

RESULTS: Medway has the highest prevalence of Diabetes (6.1%) of the 8 Primary Care Trusts examined, the lowest achievement of diabetes QOF points (96.1%) and the lowest achievement of an HbA1c level <7% (53 mmol/mol) (54.3%). Exemption reporting was the 3rd highest. SAR for first diabetes out-patient appointment to the hospital was low at 281 (predicted 576) 48% of expected. The emergency admission rate was high at 225 (predicted 168) 133% of expected. Thus primary care diabetes needs to raise performance and implement a lower threshold for OPD referral to prevent emergency admissions.

CONCLUSION: It is possible to produce an assessment of diabetes care that transcends primary/secondary care that gives a true reflection of a district’s performance which will be useful to plan future health service provision.

PMID: 23625528


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