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Diabetes-related lower extremity amputations in Ontario: 1987-88 experience.

Authors
  • Lawee, D
  • Csima, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Canadian journal of public health = Revue canadienne de santé publique
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1992
Volume
83
Issue
4
Pages
298–302
Identifiers
PMID: 1423112
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Lower extremity amputee rates were estimated for diabetic persons living in Ontario. The rates were specified for age, sex and six Health Regions. The 1987-88 Hospital Records Institute database supplied the information regarding the amputations and the prevalence of diabetes in Ontario was estimated from age/sex specific diabetic rates of the U.S. The crude amputee rate for Ontario is 40 amputees/year/10,000 diabetics and the amputation rate is 44 amputations/year/10,000. These rates are lower than the 101 amputees/year/10,000 reported in the U.K. and are reasonably close to those of the U.S. (59.7 amputations/year/10,000). Age and sex Standardized Morbidity Ratios indicated that Region 1 and 6 have significantly higher and Region 2 significantly lower amputee rates than the Province. There is an almost two-fold difference between the highest and the lowest DRLEA rates of the six regions. (Range: 60-30). These results should be interpreted with caution, since actual prevalence rates of diabetes are not available.

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