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Resource and outcome in paediatric diabetes services
  1. Katie L Harron1,
  2. Patricia A McKinney1,
  3. Richard G Feltbower1,
  4. Philip Holland2,
  5. Fiona M Campbell2,
  6. Roger C Parslow1
  1. 1Paediatric Epidemiology Group, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  2. 2Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, St James University Hospital, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to Roger C Parslow, Paediatric Epidemiology Group, University of Leeds, Room 8.49, Worsley Building, Clarendon Way, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK; r.c.parslow{at}


The availability of resource (staffing and services) in all 21 paediatric diabetes services in Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority, UK was surveyed and this information was combined with demographic and clinical data on 2683 children and young people with diabetes (aged 0–23 years) to assess whether level of resource was associated with glycaemic control (mean HbA1c %). Multilevel modelling and graphical techniques were used to analyse the relationship between resource and outcome for paediatric diabetes services. No services achieved all resource recommendations based on National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines, but there was no direct association between level of resource and glycaemic control after controlling for deprivation, age and duration of diabetes. Transitional care, nurse caseload and access to specialist services are not adequately resourced but variation in outcome between services is not accounted for by level of resource.

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  • Funding The production of this report has been supported by funding from NHS Diabetes administered by the Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the Northern and Yorkshire Research Ethics Committee (ref 01/3/039).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.