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Diabetes Prevalence 2016 (November 2016)

Prevalence refers to the number of people currently diagnosed with diabetes.

Quality and Outcomes Framework

The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) was introduced in 2004 and provides financial incentives to general practices for the provision of high-quality care. Participation by practices in the QOF is voluntary but most practices choose to participate.

As part of QOF, general practices will register the number of people with diabetes and therefore prevalence figures are available. These figures are published annually.

CountryNumber diagnosed
England3,033,529
Northern Ireland88,305
Scotland280,023
Wales188,644
UK3,590,501

There are almost 3.6 million people who have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK.

Using QOF figures with estimates from the Diabetes Prevalence Model 2016 (Public Health England) and 2012 APHO Diabetes Prevalence Model, there are an estimated 4.5 million people with diabetes in the UK. This includes 1 million people with Type 2 diabetes who don’t know they have it because they haven’t been diagnosed.

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