Diabetes Care Gaps and Disparities in Canada – 3 December 2009

Posted on December 11, 2009. Filed under: Diabetes | Tags: |

Diabetes Care Gaps and Disparities in Canada – 3 December 2009

Press release

December 3, 2009—While most Canadian adults living with diabetes get regular care, they are not always getting all of the clinically recommended tests they require to prevent health complications. A new study released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) looked at the extent to which Canadians age 18 and older living with diabetes received four specific tests. Although many receive individual tests, such as blood glucose (HbA1c) tests, urine protein tests and dilated eye exams, and are having their feet checked for sores or irritations, the results found that fewer than one-third (32%) reported receiving all four of these clinically recommended tests from their health providers.

“This indicates there is room for improvement in the care Canadians living with diabetes are receiving,” says Greg Webster, Director of Primary Health Care Information at CIHI. “Better management and control of diabetes can help prevent serious health complications and prolong life for people with diabetes.”   … continues on the press release website

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