Mortality among inpatients with diabetes

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At the request of Dr Rowan Hillson MBE, former National Clinical Director for Diabetes, an analysis of mortality among inpatients with diabetes has been conducted. The study used data on over 10 million hospital admissions between April 2010 and March 2012 to assess case-mix and risk factors for inpatient mortality and identify trust level variation in the risk of an inpatient with diabetes dying.

Key finding: After adjustment for case-mix, inpatients with diabetes are 6.4% more likely to die than those without diabetes.

This study shows that people with diabetes are significantly more likely to die in hospital than those without the condition. There are multiple potential reasons for this, including the fact that diabetes can cause dangerous complications. It is possible that some of these deaths could have been prevented. I ask every hospital to review their own data to see if lessons could be learned in their own hospital to save lives in the future.” Dr Rowan Hillson, National Clinical Director for Diabetes

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    A more detailed report is available on request to individuals working in specific trusts. Please contact Naomi Holman ( for further details.

This analysis was previously undertaken for the period April 2009 to March 2011 using a different methodology. This can be Inpatient mortality pdf search

Last Updated: Monday, 8th December 2014

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