NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for People with Liver Disease – RightCare – March 2013

Posted on March 26, 2013. Filed under: Alcohol & Drug Dep., Infectious Diseases | Tags: , , , , |

NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for People with Liver Disease – RightCare – March 2013

“Liver Disease – a growing epidemic

Premature death from chronic liver disease is rising, largely as a result of lifestyle issues such as alcohol, drug-taking and obesity. There is significant local variation in these mortality rates, with deprivation a key factor.

During 1993-2010, there was an 88% rise in England in age-standardised mortality rate from chronic liver disease.

In 2011, the Department of Health estimated the cost of alcohol misuse to the NHS was £3.5bn. Over 24% of the population (33% of men, 16% of women) consume alcohol in a way that is potentially or actually harmful. In England, alcohol dependence affects 1m people aged 16-64 years. It is estimated that as few as 6% of these receive treatment.

Up to 10-20% of the population are potentially at some risk of developing some liver damage, while 600,000-700,000 individuals actually have a significant degree of damage.

Exposing variation

The NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for People with Liver Disease uses data sets in the form of maps to reveal the extent of variations in services and outcomes.

This Atlas reveals widespread variation:

in the prevalence of risk factors for liver disease, including Hepatitis infection, obesity and alcohol abuse
in emergency admissions and routine treatments and operations
in the expenditure on liver disease services accross the NHS”

… continues on the site

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