Health status of type 2 diabetics in Austria - perspective of a quality improvement initiative

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Rakovac I., Plank J., Jeitler K., Beck P., Seereiner S., Mrak P., Bauer B., Pieber T. R.

Wien Med Wochenschr 159 (5-6): 126-33. , 2009


OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of late complications in a large clinical sample of type 2 diabetic patients in Austria. METHODS: Data of all patients with type 2 diabetes entered into the database of the Forum for Quality Systems in Diabetes Care Austria (FQSD-A) between 1 January 1997 and 1 September 2007 were used for the analyses. RESULTS: Data from 23,641 persons with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus were collected. Patients were 66.3 +/- 11.5 years old, with an average diabetes duration of 8.0 +/- 8.5 years. Prevalence of blindness, amputation, myocardial infarction or bypass, stroke and end stage renal failure was 0.9 2.3 12.2 8.7% and 0.8 respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Prevalence of late diabetic complications in Austria is high compared with other European countries. The management of persons with Type 2 Diabetes should be further optimized to reduce the incidence of late complications of diabetes.