Decayed, Missing, Filled Teeth
Mean number of teeth per child sampled which were either actively decayed or had been filled or extracted.
A home that meets the Decent Homes Standard. This means housing is in a reasonable state of repair, has reasonably modern facilities and services, and provides a reasonable degree of thermal comfort. As a minimum all council homes had to meet these standards by 2010 to comply with Government requirements.
The loss (usually gradual) of mental abilities such as thinking, remembering and reasoning. There are many different types of dementia, each with their own causes.
Department of Health
The Department of Health helps people to live better for longer. They lead, shape and fund health and care in England, making sure people have the support, care and treatment they need, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve. DH is a ministerial department, supported by 23 agencies and public bodies.
Deprivation quintiles divide areas in fifths according to some measure of deprivation, and can be used to analyse variations in health between deprived and affluent sections of the population regardless of where they live.
Determinants of Health
The range of personal, social, economic and environmental factors which determine the health status of individuals or populations. They include health behaviours and lifestyles, income, social and economic status, education, employment, working conditions, access to health services, housing and living conditions and the wider physical environment.
A condition in which the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. It can lead to serious complications or damage to organs, particularly if the condition is not well controlled.
People with diabetes are at risk of vascular problems including eye problems as a complication of diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is caused by damage to the blood vessels in the retina. Over time, diabetic retinopathy can cause vision loss.
Did not attend
A term used to describe an outcome of a pre-arranged health or social care appointment where the client was not present for the appointment and did not provide advanced warning that this would be the case.
Direct Enhanced Service
Enhanced services are primary medical services other than essential services, additional services or out-of-hours services, or essential, additional or out-of-hours services or an element of such a service which requires an enhanced level of service provision. Directed services are legally directed by the Secretary of State for Health.
Direct payments create more flexibility in the provision of social services. Giving money in place of social care services means people have greater choice of provider for their care.
Directly Age Standardised Rates (DASR)
This allows the comparison of incidence rates between populations of differing age and sex structures. Most standardisation is done to the European Standard Population. Usually rates are expressed per 100,000. These rates are directly comparable relative to each other. Standardisation adjusts rates to take into account any changes in the age structure of the population at risk and allows comparison over time and between different geographical locations.
Drug and Alcohol Action Teams
Organisation that bring together representatives of all the local agencies involved in tackling the misuse of drugs and alcohol, including the health authority, local authority, police, probation, social services, education and youth services, and the voluntary sector.