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Diabetes shows up in e-records

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Electronic GP records could be used to identify thousands of cases of undiagnosed diabetes, according to a UK study.

Warwick GP Dr Tim Holt surveyed more than 3.6 million electronic patient records for evidence of undiagnosed diabetes recorded in blood glucose measurements. He found 3,758 patients whose last blood glucose level indicated diabetes and 32,785 who were at risk and needed further tests.

‘If the survey was extended to all UK GP surgeries we estimate that 60,000 people would be identified with evidence of undiagnosed diabetes,’ he said.

RCN primary care adviser, Lynn Young, said more must be done to identify those with undiagnosed diabetes. ‘This is a time bomb. We need a multi-pronged attack,’ she said.

British Journal of General Practice (2008) 58: 198–203

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