Gosden, Charlotte, Edge, Julie A., Holt, Richard I.G., James, June, Turner, Bridget, Winocour, Peter, Walton, Chris, Nagi, Dinesh, Williams, Rhys and Matyka, Krystyna
The fifth UK paediatric diabetes services survey: meeting guidelines and recommendations?
Archives of Disease in Childhood, 95, (10), . (doi:10.1136/adc.2009.176925). (PMID:20605860).
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Aim: to assess the provision of UK paediatric and adolescent diabetes services and examine changes in service delivery since 2002.
Method: questionnaires were sent to the lead paediatric consultant from all paediatric and adolescent diabetes services (n=205). Questions were based on National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines recommendations for diabetes care in childhood. Results were analysed using parametric and non-parametric tests.
Results: 129 Services (63%) returned questionnaires involving 220 clinics. Staffing has improved and 98% of consultants have a special interest in diabetes (89%, 2002). In 88% of services, the diabetes specialist nurse worked solely in paediatric diabetes (53%, 2002). Only 21% of clinics have a psychological professional integrated within the diabetes team (20%, 2002). Over 94% of services offered support with intensive insulin regimens causing problems at school for 36% of services. Almost all services offer annual microvascular screening (98–100%) but transitional care was variable; only 76% of services have specific local protocols for transition and 21% organise transfer by letter only.
Conclusion: paediatric and adolescent diabetes services are rising to the challenge of providing high-quality care despite rising prevalence and increasingly complex insulin regimes. Services have improved in a number of key areas but serious deficiencies remain
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