Compliance with recommendations from a screening programme for diabetic retinopathy

S. J. Lee, P. M. Livingston, C. A. Harper, C. A. McCarty, H. R. Taylor, J. E. Keeffe

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Methods: General practitioner compliance with recommendations for patient follow-up after participation in a screening programme for diabetic retinopathy was assessed. Six months after screening with non-mydriatic retinal photography in four areas of Victoria, the general practitioner of each participant was surveyed if the participant reported no examination for diabetic retinopathy in the past 2 years and if the results of the screening indicated the need for further assessment. Results: Overall, 208 of 253 (82%) completed questionnaires were analysed. A total of 123 (59%) patients were referred by their doctors for further assessment and 97 (79%) of those referred were reported to have complied with the referral. Of the 85 (41%) patients who were not referred for further assessment, 31 (36%) were reported by their doctors to be already under regular review by an ophthalmologist. Conclusions: Compliance with general practitioner referrals suggests that this screening programme was effective and a useful means by which to remind general practitioners of the importance of regular eye examinations for people with diabetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-189
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1999


  • Compliance
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Vision screening


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