Hong Kong

Study populations

Hong Kong, in 2016, had an estimated population of 7.3m with 12% under the age of 15 years and 16% over the age of 65 years. Although the population is expected to increase in coming decades, the ageing of the currently large middle–aged cohorts, and increasing life expectancy, will lead to dramatic shifts in the age structure. By 2050, 34% (2.7m) of the total population will be 65 years or older.

Alongside the ageing population diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting 582,500 people living with the condition and an estimated 273,500 undiagnosed cases.

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Time of presentation for screening with an opthamologist

75% In time for screening, 25% When visual problems have already occurred
(Opthamologists n=4)
In time for screening When visual problems have already occurred  

Availability of DR patient education materials in health care providers’ offices

43.8% Sufficient information available, 31.3% Information not sufficient, 21.9% No written information available, 3.1% Don’t know
(All providers n=32)
Sufficient information available Information not sufficient No written information available Don’t know

Complications adults with diabetes were most concerned about

26.6% Amputation, 24.8% Vision loss, 18.3% Kidney disease, 10.1% Cardiovascular disease/strok
(Adults with diabetes n=109)
Amputation Vision loss Kidney disease Cardiovascular disease/stroke

Frequency of discussions about eye complications with health care providers

12.9% Every visit, 10.7% Multiple times per year, 35.6% Once a year, 20.9% When symptoms arise, 12.4% Never
(Adults with diabetes n=225)
Every visit Multiple times per year Once a year When symptoms arise Never
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