Study populations 

The Netherlands, in 2016, had an estimated population of 16.9m, with some 16% under the age of 15 years and 18% over the age of 65 years. The Netherlands’ population is expected to slowly yet steadily increase during the next few decades. By 2050, it is expected that the population will increase to 17.2m and over one in four people (28%) will be aged 65 years and older (4.8m).

Alongside the ageing population, diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting 973,500 people living with the condition and an estimated 367,500 undiagnosed cases.

Report & Infographic 

Cover page for Netherlands Study Report. For accessible PDF version of full report click the image.
Info-graphic containing overview of findings. For an accessible PDF please click the image.

Percentage of health care providers who share patient data with other health care providers to optimize patient care

92.95 Yes, 7.1% No, 0% Don't Know
(Opthamologists n=14)
Don't Know

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

57.1% Sufficient information available, 21.4% Information not sufficient, 14.2% No written information available, 7.1% Don’t know
(All providers n=14)
Sufficient information available Information not sufficient No written information available Don’t know

Complications adults with diabetes were most concerned about

18.7% Vision loss, 17.3% Cardiovascular disease/stroke, 10.7% Neuropathy, 9.3% Amputation
(Adults with diabetes n=75)
Vision loss Cardiovascular disease/stroke Neuropathy

Frequency of discussions about eye complications with health care providers

9.3% Every visit, 13.3% Multiple times per year, 48% Once a year, 17.3% When symptoms arise, 12% Never
(Adults with diabetes n=75)
Every visit Multiple times per year Once a year When symptoms arise Never

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