Use of focus groups to identify health promotion strategies for the early detection of diabetic retinopathy

Livingston, P.M., McCarty, C.A., Wood, C. A., Harper, A. C., Keeffe, J.E. and Taylor, H.R. 1998, Use of focus groups to identify health promotion strategies for the early detection of diabetic retinopathy, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 220-222, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.1998.tb01176.x.

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Title Use of focus groups to identify health promotion strategies for the early detection of diabetic retinopathy
Author(s) Livingston, P.M.ORCID iD for Livingston, P.M.
McCarty, C.A.
Wood, C. A.
Harper, A. C.
Keeffe, J.E.
Taylor, H.R.
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 22
Issue number 2
Start page 220
End page 222
Total pages 3
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 1998-04
ISSN 1326-0200
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Summary BACKGROUND: People with diabetes do not regularly utilise eye services for the early prevention of vision loss due to diabetic eye disease. A community-based screening program has been initiated in Victoria to address this issue. To encourage people to take preventive eye health care measures, the most effective health promotion strategies were identified. METHODS: Thirty-three health professionals were invited to attend focus groups. A sample of 35 people with diabetes was approached by their GPs or diabetes educators because of their motivation to participate in diabetes activities. Each group consisted of 10 members. Discussion points included the type of education messages available to people with diabetes; use of eye services among the participants with diabetes; and strategies required promoting the screening service. RESULTS: Five focus groups were conducted. The discussions highlighted that a great deal could be achieved by using local community networks to promote the benefits of early detection of diabetic retinopathy and local screening program. The group members recommended that particular attention be directed to general practitioners and their distribution of materials to patients. Key issues for planning and implementing the program were highlighted. The groups urged development of strategies to encourage people with diabetes in rural Victoria to participate in a program for the early detection of diabetic retinopathy.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-842X.1998.tb01176.x
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
1402 Applied Economics
1605 Policy And Administration
Socio Economic Objective 920205 Health Education and Promotion
HERDC Research category C2.1 Other contribution to refereed journal
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