National Diabetes Inpatient Audit, 2016: Northern Ireland Report

Karen McGuigan, C. McGuigan

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


The 2016 NaDIA report is the second annual snapshot audit of diabetes inpatient care in Northern Ireland. The audit is open to participation from hospitals with medical, surgical, gynaecology wards or intensive care units.
The audit sets out to measure the quality of diabetes care provided to people with diabetes while they are in hospital (inpatients), by answering the following questions:

• Did diabetes management minimise the risk of avoidable complications?
• Did harm result from the inpatient stay?
• Was patient experience of the inpatient stay favourable?
• Has the quality of care and patient feedback changed since the previous NaDIA in Northern Ireland?

This report presents findings from the 2016 audit, carried out on a day within the week of 14th – 18th November 2016, on patients with diabetes admitted for at least 24 hours to specified types of inpatient wards. The audit gathered data on Hospital Characteristics, Patient Clinical Data (Bedside Audit) and Patient Experience using paper-based questionnaires.

Data Collection
Each participating hospital (site) identified all inpatients with diabetes on specified wards and distributed questionnaires accordingly. Patient experience questionnaires were completed by those inpatients who were able and willing to participate. Bedside audit questionnaires were completed to provide clinical information on the patient’s medical treatment, derived from patient notes. Participating hospitals also returned a hospital characteristics questionnaire providing data on staffing and resourcing.

Where at least one type of questionnaire (Hospital Characteristics, Patient Experience or Bedside Audit) was returned, the hospital site has been included in the overall participation rate. A total of 13 sites took part across 5 Health Trusts. These sites submitted bedside data from 601 inpatients and feedback on patient experience from 344 inpatients.
Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodyDiabetes Network, Northern Ireland
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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