Quality and Outcomes Framework – how many people have #diabetes? (in Wales)

There appear to be 177,212 people with diabetes in Wales and there were 173,299 last year.

How I got that number
To find this figure I looked at StatsWales’ GMS Contract page, which has a long bullet-pointed list of options. I chose the QOF data summary for Wales and local health boards, 2013-14 spreadsheet which gave me, in cell E15, the number I was after (hopefully!).

Picking the right number
What about all the other numbers? There are many of them in that Excel file, however the intersection of ‘Wales’ (ie ‘all’) and ‘patients on register’ seems right, and it tallies closely with last year’s published figure, as well as being reasonably similar to earlier published figures. I was briefly confused by StatsWales’ Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) points by local health board and register which suggested a much lower figure of 47,058 but I realise now this is referring to points not people. Also cross-referencing this to a reference, in 2006, of there being 150,000 people with diabetes in Wales at that time made me realise I was barking up the wrong tree. But it’s easy to pick the wrong number from a range of numbers when you don’t know for certain which is the correct one, so always worth double-checking I think!

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