Summary The prevalence of diabetes in Denmark. Ugeskr Læger 2003;165: 2887-91. Introduction: The prevalence of diabetes in Denmark is unknown. The purpose of the present article was to describe the possibilities of developing a method to identify individuals with diagnosed diabetes in Denmark on the basis of existing national registers. Material and methods: Record linkage of data from The Danish National Hospital Register, The Danish National Health Service Register and The Register of Medicinal Product Statistics. Results: A minimum of 130,000 individuals in Denmark are estimated to have diabetes as on December 31, 1999. Discussion: The possibility of developing a monitoring programme from existing data in registers seems to be present. If a validated monitoring programme is developed, this can not only be used to estimate the prevalence of diabetes, but also for a continuous monitoring of diabetes-related services.
Ugeskrift for Laeger, 2003, Vol 165, Issue 29, p. 2887-2891