Journal article

Diabetic retinopathy: Examination practices and referral patterns of general practitioners

PR Dickson, CA McCarty, JE Keeffe, R Baxter, CA Harper, HR Taylor

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | WILEY | Published : 1996

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate general practitioners' (GPs') examination and referral practices for diabetic retinopathy. METHODS: A questionnaire survey of a random stratified sample of 500 Victorian GPs. RESULTS: The response rate was 88%. 53% of GPs examined none or less than half of their patients with diabetes for diabetic retinopathy. Those who did examine for retinopathy rarely performed funduscopy through a dilated pupil and 65% reported that they never did. Only 37% had dilating drops in their surgery. Only 45% often or always tested visual acuity. 88% often or always referred patients at the recommended frequency to an ophthalmologist. CONCLUSIONS: Although most GPs do not perform dilat..

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