Interventions to Increase Attendance for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

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Systematic Review

Source: The Cochrane Collaborative

Last Reviewed: January 2018

Workgroups: Vision Workgroup

People with diabetes are at risk of diabetic retinopathy, a disease that damages the small blood vessels at the back of the eye. Screening for diabetic retinopathy can help find it early and prevent vision loss — however, many people with diabetes do not get screened regularly. In this Cochrane systematic review, researchers looked at strategies to improve screening attendance. They found that interventions aimed at patients, health care professionals, or at the health care system were effective at improving screening attendance. Interventions to improve the general quality of diabetes care worked as well as those specifically aimed at improving screening for retinopathy.

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Lawrenson JG, Graham‐Rowe E, Lorencatto F, Burr J, Bunce C, Francis JJ, Aluko P, Rice S, Vale L, Peto T, Presseau J, Ivers N, Grimshaw JM. (2018). Interventions to increase attendance for diabetic retinopathy screening. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2018, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD012054. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012054.pub2.