Journal article

Impact of diabetic retinopathy on patients' beliefs about diabetes

Gwyn Rees, Muhammad B Sasongko, Eva K Fenwick, Theona E Nicolaou, Tien Y Wong, Ecosse L Lamoureux

Clinical and Experimental Optometry | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2012


BACKGROUND: The aim was to compare beliefs about diabetes and determine their associations with psychological well-being, self-management behaviour and glycaemic control in those with and without diabetic retinopathy (DR). METHODS: We recruited 400 patients with diabetes aged 18 years or more from specialised eye clinics, as part of the Diabetes Management Project (DMP). Two-field retinal photographs were taken to assess DR and detailed clinical and psychological well-being examinations were performed following standardised procedures. Glycaemic control was determined using glycated haemoglobin levels. We assessed beliefs about diabetes (diabetes-specific version of the Revised Illness Perce..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The Centre for Eye Research Australia receives Operational Infrastructure Support from the Victorian Government. This study was supported by the Australian Research Council Linkage grant number LP0884108.