Retinal photography screening programs to prevent vision loss from diabetic retinopathy in rural and urban Australia: A review
Tapp, Robyn T., Svoboda, Jean, Fredericks, Bronwyn L., Jackson, A. Johnathan, & Taylor, Hugh R. (2015) Retinal photography screening programs to prevent vision loss from diabetic retinopathy in rural and urban Australia: A review. Ophthalmic Epidemiology, 22(1), pp. 52-59.
This review assessed the effectiveness of diabetic retinopathy (DR) screening programs, using retinal photography in Australian urban and rural settings, and considered implications for public health strategy and policy.
An electronic search of MEDLINE, PubMed, and Embase for studies published between 1 January 1996 and the 30 June 2013 was undertaken. Key search terms were “diabetic retinopathy,” “screening,” “retinal photography” and “Australia.”
Twelve peer-reviewed publications were identified. The 14 DR screening programs identified from the 12 publications were successfully undertaken in urban, rural and remote communities across Australia. Locations included a pathology collection center, and Indigenous primary health care and Aboriginal community controlled organizations. Each intervention using retinal photography was highly effective at increasing the number of people who underwent screening for DR. The review identified that prior to commencement of the screening programs a median of 48% (range 16–85%) of those screened had not undergone a retinal examination within the recommended time frame (every year for Indigenous people and every 2 years for non-Indigenous people in Australia). A median of 16% (range 0–45%) of study participants had evidence of DR.
This review has shown there have been many pilot and demonstration projects in rural and urban Australia that confirm the effectiveness of retinal photography-based screening for DR
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||Bronwyn Fredericks is an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Health, QUT and a Member of the ISRN, QUT. She is a Professor and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)and BMA Chair in Indigenous Engagement at Central Queensland University, Australia.--|
|Keywords:||Opthomology, retinopathy, retinal photography, Regional, Health, Rural, Urban, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous, Australia|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2015 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.|
|Deposited On:||06 Jan 2016 00:18|
|Last Modified:||04 Jun 2016 17:24|
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