The burden of hospitalization related to diabetes mellitus: A population-based study

G. De Berardis, A. D'Ettorre, G. Graziano, G. Lucisano, F. Pellegrini, S. Cammarota, A. Citarella, C. A. Germinario, V. Lepore, E. Menditto, A. Nicolosi, F. Vitullo, A. Nicolucci

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Background and aims: To estimate the impact of diabetes and its complications, overall and in different age classes, on the likelihood of hospital admission for specific causes. Methods and results: We carried out a record-linkage analysis of administrative registers including data on 8,940,420 citizens in 21 Local Health Authorities in Italy. Individuals with pharmacologically treated diabetes (≥2 prescriptions of antidiabetic agents during the year 2008) were paired in a 1:1 proportion with those who did not receive such drugs (controls) based on propensity-score matching. Odds Ratios (ORs) of hospitalization for macro and microvascular conditions in individuals with diabetes as compared to controls were estimated. The system identified 498,825 individuals with diabetes pharmacologically treated (prevalence of 5.6%). Prevalence of diabetes in people aged

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-612
Number of pages8
JournalNutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


  • Administrative data
  • Diabetes
  • Epidemiology
  • Hospitalization
  • Prevalence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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