Diabetic ketoacidosis presentations in a low socio-economic area: are services suitable?
Steven James, Kylie Annetts, Thuy Frakking, Marc Broadbent, John Waugh, Lin Perry, Julia Lowe, Sean Clark
BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH | BMC | Published : 2021
BACKGROUND: Diabetic ketoacidosis causes a significant number of hospitalisations worldwide, with rates tending to increase with remoteness and socioeconomic disadvantage. Our study aimed to explore healthcare professionals' perceptions of factors affecting presentation of people with type 1 diabetes in a low socioeconomic area of Queensland, Australia. METHODS: This was a qualitative study. Individual semi-structured face-to-face or telephone interviews were completed with patients with type 1 diabetes who had presented in diabetic ketoacidosis, and healthcare professionals who have experience in related care. Data were analysed using Gibbs's framework of thematic analysis. RESULTS: Four pa..View full abstract
Emergency Medicine Foundation, Queensland.