Journal article

Factors associated with participation in a diabetic retinopathy screening program in a rural district in Bangladesh.

Fakir M Amirul Islam, Ryo Kawasaki, Robert P Finger

Diabetes Res Clin Pract | Published : 2018

Abstract

AIM: Diabetic retinopathy (DR) screening is one of the keys in successful diabetes care, but the participation in DR screening is sub-optimal. This study aims to assess the factors associated with participation in a DR screening program in a rural district of Bangladesh. METHOD: 213 persons with diabetes identified in a population-based assessment of over 3000 persons ≥ 40 years were offered free of cost screening for DR. Awareness, attitudes and practice about diabetes and common eye diseases along with socio-demographic factors were assessed. RESULTS: 68 (32%) patients participated in the screening program. After multivariate adjustment, awareness related to diabetes causes eye disease (od..

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