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Compliance with recommendations from a screening programme for diabetic retinopathy

journal contribution
posted on 1999-06-01, 00:00 authored by S J Lee, Trish LivingstonTrish Livingston, C A Harper, C A McCarty, H R Taylor, J E Keeffe
METHODS: General practitioner compliance with recommendations for patient follow-up after participation in a screening programme for diabetic retinopathy was assessed. Six months after screening with non-mydriatic retinal photography in four areas of Victoria, the genera practitioner of each participant was surveyed if the participant reported no examination for diabetic retinopathy in the past 2 years and if the results of the screening indicated the need for further assessment. RESULTS: Overall, 208 of 253 (82%) completed questionnaires were analysed. A total of 123 (59%) patients were referred by their doctors for further assessment and 97 (79%) of those referred were reported to have complied with the referral. Of the 85 (41%) patients who were not referred for further assessment, 31 (36%) were reported by their doctors to be already under regular review by an ophthalmologist. CONCLUSIONS: Compliance with genera practitioner referrals suggests that this screening programme was effective and a useful means by which to remind general practitioners of the importance of regular eye examinations for people with diabetes.

History

Journal

Australian and New Zealand journal of ophthalmology

Volume

27

Issue

3-4

Pagination

187 - 189

Publisher

Wiley

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0814-9763

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

1999, Wiley