Aims: To determine whether single parenthood, special needs, ethnicity and indices of multiple deprivation 2007(proxy for social deprivation) influence metabolic control in T1DM.
Methodology: Retrospective study (12 months) from 01/01/2007 till 31/12/2007. Data on several demographic and clinical variables were obtained from 105 children with T1DM from a single centre, after applying explicit exclusion criteria. Glycaemic control was assessed using HbA1c and number of hospital admissions for severe hypoglycaemia and diabetes ketoacidosis. Compliance was assessed by the number of clinics missed. Data was analysed using SPSS version 16.
|N||Mean HbA1C||DNA%||DKA||Severe hypoglycemia|
|TS 14 (top 5% IMD)||19||9.1||52.6%||10.5%||5.2%|
Conclusions: There was an increased incidence of DKA in children from more deprived areas (P<0.05). There was no statistically significant difference in mean HbA1c between Indices of Multiple deprivation, ethnicity, parental status and special needs. However, children with two parents were less likely to miss clinic appointments compared to children with single parents. Mainstream school children were more likely to miss clinics compared to their SEN counterparts. This study suggests that we should target delivery of services to children from more deprived areas & single parent families.
05 - 07 Nov 2008
British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes