Journal article

Barriers and enablers to diabetic retinopathy screening attendance: Protocol for a systematic review

Ella Graham-Rowe, Fabiana Lorencatto, John G Lawrenson, Jennifer Burr, Jeremy M Grimshaw, Noah M Ivers, Tunde Peto, Catey Bunce, Jill J Francis

SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS | BMC | Published : 2016


BACKGROUND: Diabetic retinopathy is a serious complication of diabetes which, if left untreated, can result in blindness. Population screening among people with diabetes has been shown to be clinically effective; however, suboptimal attendance with wide demographic disparities has been reported. To develop quality improvement interventions to maximise attendance, it is important to understand the theoretical determinants (i.e. barriers and enablers) of screening behaviour. The aim of this systematic review is to identify and synthesise the modifiable barriers and enablers associated with diabetic retinopathy screening attendance. METHODS/DESIGN: Primary and secondary studies will be included..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This report is independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (Health Technology Assessment, 13/137/05-What Works to Increase Attendance for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening? An Evidence sYnthEsiS (WIDeR-EyeS)). The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the National Institute for Health Research or the Department of Health.