Journal articlesThe burden of diabetic complications in Wales

The burden of diabetic complications in Wales

07/11/17 | Diabetic foot ulcers, Service delivery | Jodie Neads

With the prevalence of diabetes significantly on the rise (Diabetes UK, 2015), the NHS in Wales faces a considerable challenge to meet the growing demand for healthcare services. It is estimated that 10% of the annual budget (£500 million) in Wales is spent on diabetes, with 80% being spent on managing preventable complications of the disease (Diabetes UK, 2017). Foot ulcers are a recognised complication of diabetes that can result in lower extremity amputation and early mortality. Jodie Neads explains how patients need to be empowered to participate in the management of their condition, in order to improve treatment outcomes and to minimise the strain on the health system.