Care survey results 2015

The following results are taken from an online survey run by Diabetes UK between 15 October 2015 and 15 January 2016, and are drawn from a total pool of 6,850 respondents. Please note that not all respondents answered every question, and a baseline figure has been provided for each.

If you want to see how your experiences match up to national averages, you can use our Diabetes Watch online tool to find out the quality of care in your area.

Over the past 12 months, in general has the overall quality of diabetes care that you receive:Baseline:
6,702
Improved 709 10.6%
Stayed the same 4,776 71.3%
Worsened 851 12.7%
I don't know 366 5.5%
In the last year, or as part of your most recent annual review, have you had an HbA1c blood test carried out, to measure your overall blood glucose control?Baseline:
6,708
Yes 6,319 94.2%
No 389 5.8%
In the last year, or as part of your most recent annual review, have you had your blood pressure measured?Baseline:
6,705
Yes 6,225 92.8%
No 480 7.2%
In the last year, or as part of your most recent annual review, have you had your blood fats (cholesterol) measured?Baseline:
6,705
Yes 5,730 85.8%
No 945 14.2%
Your eyes should be screened for retinopathy each year, using a specialised digital camera. In the last year, or as part of your most recent annual review, have you had your eyes looked at?Baseline:
6,717
Yes 6,271 93.4%
No 446 6.6%
In the last year or as part of your most recent annual review, have you had your legs and feet checked?Baseline:
6,718
Yes 5,131 76.4%
No 1,587 23.6%
In the past year, or as part of your most recent annual review, have you had a urine or blood test to monitor your kidney function?Baseline:
6,570
Yes 5,163 78.6%
No 791 12.0%
Don't know 616 9.4%
In the last year, or as part of your most recent annual review, have you had your weight checked and your waist measured?Baseline:
6,549
Yes 4,549 69.5%
No 2,000 30.5%
If you are a smoker, in the last year, or as part of your most recent annual review, have you had support and advice on how to quit?Baseline:
648
Yes 366 56.5%
No 282 43.5%
Don't smoke 5,904
Have you developed a care plan with your healthcare professional, which has been decided by discussing your individual needs with them to set targets?Baseline:
6,523
Yes 2,339 35.9%
No 4,184 64.1%
Have you ever been offered an education course about diabetes, either when you were first diagnosed or later on?Baseline:
6,544
Yes 3,676 56.2%
No 2,867 43.8%
Are you a child or young person with diabetes, or do you care for a child with diabetes?Baseline:
6,336
Yes 299 4.7%
No 6,067 95.3%
Do you receive your care from specialist paediatric diabetes professionals?Baseline:
473
Yes 210 44.4%
No 198 41.9%
Don't know 65 13.7%
If you are a young person with diabetes who is about to change over to the care of an adult diabetes service, is there assistance to help you do this? Baseline:
130
Yes 71 54.6%
No 59 45.4%
If you have had to go into hospital, for whatever reason, has somebody from a diabetes specialist team come to see you about your diabetes while you were there? Baseline:
2,638
Yes 803 30.4%
No 1,835 69.6%
Not applicable 3,667
If you are planning a pregnancy, or you are pregnant, have you been offered specialist healthcare advice before and during your pregnancy?Baseline:
263
Yes 158 60.1%
No 105 39.9%
Not applicable 3,667
Do you think that, when the need arises, you are referred to the care of specialists who can help you with different aspects of your diabetes?Baseline:
6,118
Yes 4,294 69.4%
No 1,894 30.6%
If you have needed it, have you been offered emotional or psychological support from a specialist healthcare professional or service?Baseline:
3,000
Yes 723 24.1%
No 2,277 75.9%
Not applicable 3,293
Which type of diabetes do you have?Baseline:
6,275
Type 1 1,715 27.3%
Type 2 4,402 70.2%
Don't know 80 1.3%
Other 77 1.2%