Journal article

Feasibility of screening for diabetic retinopathy at an Australian pathology collection service: a pilot study

Melanie F Larizza, Lauren A Hodgson, Eva K Fenwick, Ryo Kawasaki, Ralph Audehm, Jie Jin Wang, Tien Y Wong, Ecosse L Lamoureux

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | WILEY | Published : 2013

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility of a novel diabetic retinopathy (DR) screening model using a pathology collection centre (PCC) as a screening site. DESIGN AND SETTING: Cross-sectional pilot study conducted in one urban PCC in Victoria between 1 September 2009 and 15 March 2010. Trained pathology staff screened participants for DR using undilated, non-stereoscopic colour fundus photography. PARTICIPANTS: Participants were patients who spoke English, were aged at least 12 years, had type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and did not undertake biannual DR screening. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Proportion of patients who do not participate in biannual DR screening; proportion of patients who accept DR scr..

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