Screening for diabetic retinopathy in remote Australia : a program description and evaluation of a devolved model

D.B. Mak, A.J. Plant, Ian Mcallister

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

13 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Objectives: To describe the diabetic retinopathy screening program operating in the Kimberley and evaluate recruitment into and the quality and timeliness of, the screening procedure. Method: Review of the documents relating to the Kimberley diabetic retinopathy screening program and analysis of Kimberley diabetic retinopathy screening database. Results: The Kimberley Public Health Unit developed and maintains a program of training, credentialing and ongoing professional development for retinal camera practitioners and a Kimberley-wide database of retinal photographs taken for diabetic retinopathy screening. As a result of this program, diabetic retinopathy screening is available in or close to most diabetics’ home towns/communities and 58% had undergone retinopathy screening in the preceding 2 years. Over 90% of sets of photographs were of excellent or adequate quality. There was a positive relationship between credentialing and photograph quality and timeliness of photographs being sent away for reporting. Conclusions: Quality diabetic retinopathy screening, at prevalences comparable to, or higher than, other urban and rural populations, can be achieved in a remote area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-230
JournalAustralian Journal of Rural Health
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Screening for diabetic retinopathy in remote Australia : a program description and evaluation of a devolved model'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this