Diabetic retinopathy screening: Study to determine risk factors for non-attendance

Sachdeva, Ashish and Stratton, Irene and Unwin, John and Moreton, Robert and Scanlon, Peter H (2012) Diabetic retinopathy screening: Study to determine risk factors for non-attendance. Diabetes and Primary Care, 14 (5). pp. 308-316. ISSN 1466-8955

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Abstract

The study objective was to determine the factors that influenced attendance for routine diabetic retinopathy (DR) screening using data from a large GP practice. In total, 611 people with diabetes were invited to attend DR screening in 2008; attendance rates were higher in older individuals (P&lt;0.001) and were inversely associated with HbA<sub>1c</sub> (P&lt;0.0001) and systolic and diastolic blood pressure (P=0.014 and 0.005, respectively). A telephone survey was conducted on individuals who had failed to attend DR screening. Of the 198 individuals contacted, reasons for non-attendance included: thinking that attending a hospital eye department or optometrist was adequate (n=44; 22%); not receiving the invitation (n=36; 18%); being unwell (n=24; 12%); being too busy (n=16; 8%); and being on holiday (n=12; 6%). Half of those at highest risk of DR did not attend for screening; the reasons given for non-attendance may be amenable to change with better education and more flexible screening solutions. Copyright of Diabetes & Primary Care is the property of SB Communications Group, A Schofield Media Company and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences > School of Sport & Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Denise Cain-Jones
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2015 09:41
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2016 15:43
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2682

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