Journal article

Costs of mobile screening for diabetic retinopathy: a practical framework for rural populations.

SJ Lee, CA McCarty, HR Taylor, JE Keeffe

Australian Journal of Rural Health | Published : 2001

Abstract

Australia's rural and remote residents experience considerably higher hospitalisation and death rates due to diabetes than their metropolitan counterparts. There is clearly a need for improved diabetes care services in these areas and interventions that target conditions associated with diabetes will yield beneficial results for the community. All people with diabetes are at risk for diabetic retinopathy, which can cause vision loss and blindness. Although vision loss and blindness due to diabetes is nearly 100% preventable through regular eye examinations, 35% of Victoria's rural population with diabetes do not have their eyes examined on a regular basis. A pilot, mobile screening program f..

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