Effect of screening for type 2 diabetes on healthcare costs: a register-based study among 139,075 individuals diagnosed with diabetes in Denmark between 2001 and 2009

Abstract

Aims/hypothesis

Trials have not demonstrated benefits to the population of screening for type 2 diabetes. However, there may be cost savings for those found to have diabetes. We therefore aimed to compare healthcare costs among individuals with incident type 2 diabetes in a screened group with those in an unscreened group.

Methods

In this register-based, non-randomised controlled trial, eligible individuals were men and women aged 40–69 years without known diabetes who were registered with a general practice in Denmark (n = 1,912,392). Between 2001 and 2006, 153,107 individuals registered with 181 practices participating in the Anglo–Danish–Dutch Study of Intensive Treatment in People with Screen Detected Diabetes in Primary Care (ADDITION)-Denmark study were sent a diabetes risk-score questionnaire. Individuals with a moderate-to-high risk were invited to visit their family doctor for assessment of diabetes status and cardiovascular risk (screening group). The 1,759,285 individuals registered with all other practices in Denmark constituted the retrospectively constructed no-screening (control) group. In this post hoc analysis, we identified individuals from the screening and no-screening groups who were diagnosed with diabetes between 2001 and 2009 (n = 139,075). Using national registry data, we quantified the cost of healthcare services in these two groups between 2001 and 2012. From a healthcare sector perspective, we estimated the potential healthcare cost savings for individuals with diabetes that were attributable to the screening programme.

Results

In the screening group, 27,177 of 153,107 individuals (18% of those sent a risk-score questionnaire) attended for screening, 1533 of whom were diagnosed with diabetes. Between 2001 and 2009, 13,992 people were newly diagnosed with diabetes in the screening group (including those diagnosed by screening) and 125,083 in the no-screening group. Healthcare costs were significantly lower in the screening group compared with the no-screening group (difference in mean total annual healthcare costs −€889 per individual with incident diabetes; 95% CI −€1196, −€581). The screening programme was associated with a cost saving per person with incident diabetes over a 5-year period of €2688 (95% CI €1421, €3995).

Conclusions/interpretation

Healthcare costs were lower among individuals with incident type 2 diabetes in the screened group compared with the unscreened group. The relatively modest cost of screening per person discovered to have developed diabetes was offset within 2 years by savings in the healthcare system.

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Introduction

Although modelling studies indicate that screening for type 2 diabetes might be effective and cost-effective [1,2,3], trials of population-based screening for type 2 diabetes [4] and related cardiovascular risk factors [5] have not demonstrated beneficial effects at the population level. However, there appear to be benefits for those found to have diabetes. We have previously shown that screening for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors does not reduce mortality and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the general population in Denmark [5], but for individuals diagnosed with diabetes, screening was associated with a reduction in mortality and risk of CVD [6]. Using data from Danish national registers and a retrospectively constructed control group, we extended this analysis to compare total healthcare costs for individuals with incident diabetes in the screening and no-screening groups, and estimated the potential cost savings of the Anglo–Danish–Dutch Study of Intensive Treatment in People with Screen Detected Diabetes in Primary Care (ADDITION) intervention from a healthcare sector perspective.

Methods

ADDITION-Europe is a cluster-randomised trial comparing the effects of screening for type 2 diabetes followed by intensive treatment or routine care [7, 8]. We report here results from a post hoc analysis using data from the screening phase of the Danish arm of the study in conjunction with data from Danish national registers. Ethical approval for the ADDITION-Denmark study was granted by a local scientific committee (number 20000183). As this was a registry-based study using anonymised data, participants did not give informed consent. This approach was approved by the Danish Data Protection Agency and the Danish Health and Medicine Authority.

Screening programme

Full details of the programme have been reported elsewhere [5, 6, 9]. In brief, we performed a population-based, stepwise screening programme in people aged 40–69 years without known diabetes between 2001 and 2006 [7, 8, 10]. All general practices in five out of 16 counties in Denmark (Copenhagen, Aarhus, Ringkoebing, Ribe and South Jutland; n = 744) were invited to take part in ADDITION-Denmark; of these, 209 (28%) accepted.

Eligible individuals registered with the 181 practices that agreed to take part were sent a diabetes risk-score questionnaire [8, 10], with an invitation to visit their general practitioner (GP) for a diabetes test and a cardiovascular risk assessment if they scored ≥5 (maximum 15 points), or were invited when visiting the practice for another reason (n = 35 practices). No reminders were sent. Participants who attended a screening appointment underwent measurement of height, weight and blood pressure. A capillary blood sample was taken for testing of random blood glucose. A venous blood sample was taken for measurement of total cholesterol and HbA1c. GPs were encouraged to calculate participants’ scores from European Heart (Systematic COronary Risk Evaluation [SCORE]) [11] charts during the appointment, inform participants about their score and provide appropriate advice and treatment to those at high risk. Individuals with a random blood glucose ≥5.5 mmol/l or HbA1c ≥39.9 mmol/mol (5.8%) were invited to return to the practice for a fasting blood glucose capillary test. An OGTT was performed at the same consultation if the fasting blood glucose was 5.6–6.1 mmol/l and/or the HbA1c ≥ 39.9 mmol/mol (5.8%). WHO 1999 criteria were used to diagnose diabetes [12].

In the intervention group, participants diagnosed with type 2 diabetes were subsequently managed according to the treatment regimens to which their practice was allocated: routine care or intensive treatment [9]. Intensive treatment included: small group or practice-based educational meetings with GPs and nurses to discuss treatment targets, algorithms and lifestyle advice; audit and feedback in group meetings up to twice per year or coordinated by post; and patient education materials. GPs underwent a 1.5 day educational seminar to train in motivational interviewing to encourage lifestyle change.

Sampling frame

We identified all eligible individuals in the original ADDITION-Denmark study (n = 153,107), including those who did not attend for screening, in the Danish National Diabetes Register [13] (the screening group). Using the same registry, we also identified all individuals aged 40–69 years without known diabetes who, between 2001 and 2006, were registered with general practices that were not invited to take part in ADDITION-Denmark or who declined to take part in ADDITION-Denmark (n = 1,759,285) (the no-screening control group). We then identified individuals from the screening and no-screening groups who were diagnosed with incident diabetes between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2009 (Fig. 1). We included individuals diagnosed with diabetes during this period based on recent estimates of lead time, which suggest that around 2.2 years elapses between detection by screening and clinical diagnosis [6]. Including individuals diagnosed with diabetes in the 3 years (2006–2009) after the end of the ADDITION screening phase (2001–2006) would therefore capture most individuals in the no-screening group who could have been diagnosed by screening if they had been in the screening group. Our definition of incident diabetes for both groups was a proxy measure based on date of inclusion in the Danish National Diabetes Register [14].

Fig. 1
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Visual representation of the sampling frame. The ‘S’ in a blue circle denotes individuals detected by the ADDITION stepwise screening programme. The ‘C’ in a red circle denotes individuals with clinically diagnosed diabetes. Reproduced from Simmons et al. [6] under the terms of the CC BY 4.0 Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Data

We linked information about individuals diagnosed with diabetes to other Danish registers using unique civil registration numbers. We retrieved information on age, sex, education, immigration/emigration, citizenship, redeemed cardioprotective medication and chronic disease. Education was categorised according to UNESCO’s International Standard Classification of Education [15]. We grouped data on citizenship into European and non-European as a proxy for ethnicity. Data on healthcare service usage in primary and secondary care, as well as information on redeemed medication, were retrieved from the National Patient Register, the National Health Insurance Register and the National Prescription Register [16].

Costs

The costs of ADDITION-Denmark include the cost of the screening programme and the cost of the intensive treatment programme (for those found with screen-detected diabetes who were randomised to this arm). Healthcare costs include total costs of healthcare service usage and redeemed medication for all individuals in our sampling frame during the follow-up period. All costs were calculated in Danish krone (DKK) and converted to Euros (conversion rate €1 = 7.44 DKK), and were from a healthcare sector perspective; for example, all costs, included overhead costs and participants’ own payment for redeemed medication.

The cost of the screening programme has previously been reported [17]. The average cost of detecting an individual with previously undiagnosed type 2 diabetes was estimated by Dalsgaard and colleagues in 2010 to be €936 [17], including the cost of sending the invitation letter, and the cost of the screening consultations and laboratory tests. We multiplied GP fees by 1.438 to capture overhead costs, as Danish GPs are paid on a combined capitation and fee-for-service scheme.

The cost of the intensive treatment intervention includes: the cost of small group or practice-based educational meetings with GPs and nurses to discuss treatment targets, algorithms and lifestyle advice; audit and feedback in group meetings up to twice per year or coordinated by post; patient education materials; and small financial incentives for GPs [9]. In addition, 64 GPs participated in a 1.5 day educational seminar on motivational interviewing. Summing the costs of the screening programme and the intensive treatment costs provided an estimate of €967 per individual with incident diabetes.

The cost of healthcare usage was defined as opportunity costs using market values (excluding value-added tax [VAT]) [18, 19]. We quantified the healthcare costs in the screening and no-screening groups using individual-level register data. These data allowed us to estimate the cost of: (1) inpatient healthcare utilisation (data available for 2007–2012); (2) outpatient healthcare utilisation (data available for 2007–2012); (3) primary care utilisation (data available for 2001–2012); and (4) redeemed medications (data available for 2001–2012). Table 1 describes the different cost units and our methods for calculating them.

Table 1 Cost units and methods of calculation for cost components

Statistical analysis

We summarised characteristics of all individuals diagnosed with incident diabetes between 2001 and 2009 separately in the screening and no-screening groups. Date of entry to the study was the date of inclusion in the diabetes register. All analyses were completed using Stata version 14.1 (Stata, College Station, TX, USA). Statistical significance was inferred at a two-tailed p < 0.05. We calculated robust standard errors to allow for clustering of participants within practices.

Cost analysis

We quantified healthcare usage and calculated average healthcare costs in each group over the follow-up period by dividing the total healthcare costs for each individual by the time they spent in the study. As data from the health registers were available for different time periods, we conducted analyses for two time periods: 2001–2012 (with an average of 7.0 years follow-up; n = 139,048) and 2007–2012 (with an average of 5.2 years follow-up; n = 133,307). In this second analysis, we only included individuals who were alive and living in Denmark on 1 January 2007.

To examine potential differences in healthcare costs between the groups, we used ordinary least squares regression, adjusting for age, sex, education and GP county. We also controlled for prevalent chronic disease at diagnosis (ischaemic heart disease [IHD], stroke and cancer). We quantified costs from more than 3 years before diagnosis to more than 6 years after diagnosis using difference-in-difference regression on panel data (data covering more years over a time period) with mean correction for confounders. The difference-in-difference method allowed us to estimate the ‘isolated’ effect of the ADDITION intervention on healthcare costs by examining the differences between the screening group and the no-screening group within the periods before and after diagnosis. We included mean-adjusted covariates in the regression, for which we applied effect coding for the categorical variables [20] in order to adjust for the demographic, epidemiological and regional differences. We were therefore able to interpret the constant term as the predicted healthcare costs for an individual in the no-screening group in the year of diagnosis.

To estimate the potential economic benefits of the screening programme among individuals with incident diabetes, we subtracted the cost of the screening programme from the estimated healthcare cost savings accruing in the screening group. We calculated cost savings over a 5 year period after the screening phase using an annual discount rate of 5%.

Sensitivity analysis

We also examined the difference in healthcare costs between the screening group assigned to routine care only and the no-screening group.

Results

Population characteristics

Of 153,107 eligible people in the screening group who were sent a diabetes risk-score questionnaire, 27,177 (18%) attended their GP for a diabetes test and a cardiovascular risk assessment. A total of 1533 participants (1% of those eligible for screening) were diagnosed with diabetes; 1406 of these were subsequently included in the diabetes register. There were 1,759,285 individuals in the no-screening group.

Between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2009, 139,075 people from our sampling frame were diagnosed with incident diabetes and included in the Danish National Diabetes Register. Of these, 13,992 (10%) were in the screening group, and 125,083 (90%) in the no-screening group. The groups were well balanced for age and citizenship (Table 2). There were slightly fewer men in the screening group (54%) than the no-screening group (56%). A larger proportion of the screening group had received over 15 years of education. Slightly lower proportions of the screening group had experienced IHD, stroke or cancer before the diagnosis of diabetes compared with the no-screening group.

Table 2 Characteristics of individuals with diabetes by screening group

Healthcare costs in the screening and no-screening groups

Figures 2, 3, 4, 5 show the mean-adjusted annual costs per participant with incident diabetes by healthcare sector both before and after the time of diagnosis in the screening and no-screening groups. The results from the difference-in-difference regression analyses are presented in electronic supplementary material [ESM] Table 1.

Fig. 2
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Pharmaceutical costs per participant with incident diabetes 2001–2012 by intervention group according to time from diagnosis. Dotted line, costs for the no-screening (control) group; solid line, costs for the screening group. Black circles indicate that estimated mean differences in costs between the no-screening and screening groups in each time period are significantly different from zero (p<0.05)

Fig. 3
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Primary care costs per participant with incident diabetes 2001–2012 by intervention group according to time from diagnosis. Dotted line, costs for the no-screening (control) group; solid line, costs for the screening group. Black circles indicate that estimated mean differences in costs between the no-screening and screening groups in each time period are significantly different from zero (p<0.05)

Fig. 4
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Inpatient care costs per participant with incident diabetes 2007–2012 by intervention group according to time from diagnosis. Dotted line, costs for the no-screening (control) group; solid line, costs for the screening group. Black circles, estimated mean differences in costs between the no-screening and screening groups in each time period are significantly different from zero (p<0.05); white circles, there are no statistically significant estimated mean differences in costs in each time period (p≥0.05)

Fig. 5
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Outpatient care costs per participant with incident diabetes 2007–2012 by intervention group according to time from diagnosis. Dotted line, costs for the no-screening (control) group; solid line, costs for the screening group. Black circles, estimated mean differences in costs between the no-screening and screening groups in each time period are significantly different from zero (p<0.05); white circles, there are no statistically significant estimated mean differences in costs in each time period (p≥0.05)

After diagnosis, healthcare usage and subsequent costs were significantly higher in the no-screening group than the screening group. For example, primary care costs were approximately 5% higher in the no-screening group than the screening group during follow-up. The costs of redeemed medication were already higher in the no-screening group before diagnosis, but the difference between the groups increased further after diabetes diagnosis. Costs were approximately 12% higher in the no-screening group compared with the screening group in the 6 years following diagnosis. For inpatient and outpatient visits, there were no clear trends associated with the point of diabetes diagnosis. On average, however costs were lower among the screening group compared with the no-screening group both prior to and following diagnosis.

The mean annual cost estimates for primary care and redeemed medication were based on 2001–2012 data, while inpatient and outpatient costs were based on 2007–2012 data. The mean total cost difference is therefore estimated as the sum of the four mean annual cost components: inpatient and outpatient costs, primary care cost and cost of redeemed medication. After adjustment for confounders, annual healthcare costs per individual with incident diabetes were significantly lower in the screening group than the no-screening group across all healthcare sectors and for redeemed medication: annual difference in inpatient care costs −€662 (95% CI −€865, −€459), outpatient care costs −€82 (95% CI −€157, −€7), primary care costs −€51, (95% CI −€63, −€38) and pharmaceuticals −€94 (95% CI −€111, −€76). The difference in mean total annual healthcare costs per individual with incident diabetes between groups was −€889 (95% CI −€1196, −€581).

After subtracting the cost of introducing the ADDITION screening programme (€967 per participant with incident diabetes) from the estimated annual healthcare cost savings (€889 per participant with incident diabetes), and discounting this figure in the 5 years following the intervention, there was a cost saving associated with each individual with incident diabetes over a 5 year period of €2688 (95% CI €1421, €3995). This finding suggests that the intervention was associated with cost savings in the healthcare system within 2 years of the screening programme being introduced. Based on the 13,992 individuals with diabetes in the screening group, we estimate that the intervention saved the Danish healthcare system almost €37.6 million (95% CI €19.8 million, €55.3 million) in the 5 years after the introduction of the screening programme.

Sensitivity analysis

In our sensitivity analysis, the annual healthcare costs of the screening population assigned to routine care remained lower than costs in the no-screening group for: inpatient care −€633 (95% CI −€898, −€368), primary care −€41 (95% CI −€58, −€24) and medication −€90 (95% CI −€117, −€63). The outpatient care costs were similar in both groups. As the costs of the screening programme within the routine care group were €936 per individual, and the total mean annual difference in costs between the screening and no-screening groups was −€752 (95% CI −€1,169, −€335) per individual, ADDITION brings cost savings of €2158 (95% CI €444; €3871) per individual within 5 years following the screening period. For the whole population of 13,992 individuals, the cost savings would be €30.1 million (95% CI €6.2 million, €54.1 million).

Discussion

Our cost analysis of the ADDITION-Denmark screening programme showed that healthcare costs were significantly lower for individuals with incident type 2 diabetes in the screening group compared with the no-screening group. This was true for all examined health services—inpatient, outpatient and primary care—as well as for medication costs. We also showed that within 2 years of being introduced, ADDITION-Denmark was associated with cost savings in the healthcare system.

Our estimates of annual healthcare costs for individuals with diabetes in Denmark align well with the published literature. For example, a previous study [21] showed that the cost per individual with diabetes per year was €6390 in 2011 (compared with an annual mean of €5910 for the screening group and €6854 for the no-screening group between 2007 and 2012).

In ADDITION-Denmark, the relatively modest cost of screening per participant discovered to have diabetes was offset within 2 years by savings in the healthcare system. In terms of comparison, there are no other published trials that examine the costs of healthcare among individuals with incident type 2 diabetes in a screened group with those in an unscreened group. However, modelling studies show that screening for type 2 diabetes at the population level would be cost-effective over 30 and 50 years [1, 2, 22].

Herman et al argue that that the benefits of screening and treatment primarily accrue from early diagnosis and by hastening the treatment of CVD risk factors during the lead time [3]. We have previously reported that ADDITION-Denmark brought forward the diagnosis of diabetes by 2.1 years and was associated with a significant reduction in mortality and CVD among those with diabetes [5]. We observed an increase in the proportion of screen-detected individuals who redeemed cardioprotective medication during follow-up [6]. However, larger proportions of clinically diagnosed individuals in the no-screening group redeemed medication compared with clinically diagnosed individuals in the screening group. As individuals in the no-screening group were diagnosed at a later stage in the disease trajectory, they may have had higher cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure values at diagnosis compared with the screening group, necessitating higher levels (and costs) of cardioprotective medication. The promotion of healthy behaviour change may also have impacted on CVD risk factors and CVD and mortality rates, and consequently lowered costs of healthcare among participants with diabetes in the screening group.

New drugs are more expensive, which might increase the costs based on these study data. However, new agents tend to be restricted to second- and third-line treatment, and hence may not have a major impact on our estimates of cost savings associated with screening in the first 5–10 years of the disease trajectory. In addition, preventive strategies for diabetes have gained traction in the past decade and may be associated with further cost savings. For example, the Diabetes Prevention Program in the USA [22] is being implemented through a number of different delivery channels [23, 24], and NHS England launched a National Diabetes Prevention Programme in 2016, which now covers 75% of the English population [25, 26]. Modelling studies suggest that these programmes will be cost-effective in the long term.

Strengths and limitations

In this study, we used real-world, individual participant-level data to examine healthcare costs among participants with incident type 2 diabetes in a screened group compared with an unscreened group. We applied a healthcare sector perspective in our cost analysis. Only costs related to healthcare services and redeemed medication were included in the study. As such, costs relating to individuals’ lost labour market productivity and utilisation of nursing services or other services such as transportation and helping aids in the house were not included in our analysis. These costs have previously been demonstrated to be high among people with diabetes, making up as much as 80% of the total societal costs [21, 23]. Furthermore, we did not include quality of life or the value of higher life expectancy in our analyses. Data on quality of life would enable a better comparison with the literature on the cost-utility of screening and prevention [22, 24,25,26,27].

We also did not include the healthcare cost savings accruing from an individual’s death, as it will always be less expensive if a person dies and hence there is no argument for treatment or prevention [18].

A limitation of our study was the non-randomised design, as we cannot eliminate the possibility of selection bias and residual confounding. Groups were well balanced for the characteristics investigated at baseline. However, our findings might have been influenced by the higher levels of education and the slightly lower levels of pre-existing chronic disease in the intervention group. The cost of redeemed medication was also lower in the screening group before the introduction of the ADDITION-Denmark screening intervention. We adjusted for age, sex, education, GP county and prevalent chronic disease at diagnosis, which impacted on the size of the cost difference, although the final result remained significant. It is likely that adjusting for county took account of some of the potential socioeconomic differences across different regions in Denmark. We tried to minimize lead- and length-time biases by comparing costs for all individuals diagnosed with diabetes in the screening and no-screening groups.

We could have applied bootstrapping and cost acceptability curves to handle uncertainty [18]. As the intervention proved to be cost-saving within a short time period, we chose instead to use the lowest CI levels to describe uncertainty.

Conclusions

Healthcare costs were lower among individuals with incident type 2 diabetes in a screened group compared with an unscreened group. The relatively modest cost of screening per participant discovered to have developed diabetes was offset within 2 years by savings in the healthcare system.

Data availability

The data used in this paper was a combination of data obtained from the ADDITION study and data from national Danish registers at Statistics Denmark (DST). The ADDITION study data were obtained after a written application to the data owner, A. Sandbæk (Institute of Public Health, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark; annelli.sandbaek@ph.au.dk). Data from DST were made available following an application to DST (www.dst.dk/en/TilSalg/Forskningsservice). Data from ADDITION and DST were merged by DST and analyses were performed via a secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. In accordance with the Danish Act on Processing of Personal Data, future interested researchers must perform the steps mentioned above to obtain access to the data.

Abbreviations

ADDITION:

Anglo–Danish–Dutch Study of Intensive Treatment in People with Screen Detected Diabetes in Primary Care

CVD:

Cardiovascular disease

GP:

General practitioner

IHD:

Ischaemic heart disease

VAT:

Value-added tax

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Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of all participants, practice nurses and GPs in the ADDITION-Denmark study. Special thanks go to Marianne Pedersen (Department of Public Health, University of Aarhus) for her help in retrieving data from Statistics Denmark.

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CS and RKS had full access to all of the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. CS conducted and is responsible for the data analysis. AS and TL designed the ADDITION-Denmark study together with Knut Borch-Johnsen, and are principal investigators for the trial. CS, RKS and TL conceived the study question for this paper and developed the study proposal. CS and RKS participated in acquisition of the data from Statistics Denmark. CS, AK and RKS drafted the report. All authors participated in interpretation of the data and critical revision of the report for important intellectual content. CS, AK, TL and RKS provided administrative, technical and material support for the study. All authors approved the final version of the paper to be published. TL acts as guarantor for this paper.

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The Danish Diabetes Association (Diabetesforeningen) provided funds to complete the work on this paper. ADDITION-Denmark was supported by the National Health Services in the counties of Copenhagen, Aarhus, Ringkøbing, Ribe and South Jutland in Denmark, the Danish Council for Strategic Research, the Danish Research Foundation for General Practice, Novo Nordisk Foundation, the Danish Centre for Evaluation and Health Technology Assessment, the diabetes fund of the National Board of Health, the Danish Medical Research Council and the Aarhus University Research Foundation. The trial has been supported by unrestricted grants from Novo Nordisk AS, Novo Nordisk Scandinavia AB, Novo Nordisk UK, ASTRA Denmark, Pfizer Denmark, GlaxoSmithKline Pharma Denmark, Servier Denmark AS and HemoCue Denmark AS. SJG’s research programme is supported by the MRC Epidemiology Unit core funding (MC_UU_12015/4).

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Applied Economics and Health Research received a grant from the Danish Diabetes Association to conduct the analysis. The Danish Diabetes Association has not had any access to data, analyses or conclusions from this paper. AS reports receiving lecture fees for providing continuing medical education to GPs. SJG is a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator and member of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research. SJG receives an honorarium and reimbursement of travel expenses from Eli Lilly associated with membership of an independent data-monitoring committee for a randomised trial of a medication to lower glucose levels. SJG also received an honorarium from Janssen for speaking at an educational meeting in 2015. TL holds shares in Novo Nordisk A/S. TL reports receiving fees for lecturing for Danish GPs and attending two international board meetings for Astra Zeneca on early detection and treatment of diabetes within the last 2 years. RKS is supported by the Health Foundation’s grant to the University of Cambridge for The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute. RKS was previously supported by the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies and the Danish Diabetes Academy under a visiting professorship to complete part of this work. The Danish Diabetes Academy is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

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Sortsø, C., Komkova, A., Sandbæk, A. et al. Effect of screening for type 2 diabetes on healthcare costs: a register-based study among 139,075 individuals diagnosed with diabetes in Denmark between 2001 and 2009. Diabetologia 61, 1306–1314 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00125-018-4594-2

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  • ADDITION study
  • Diabetes
  • Healthcare costs
  • Screening