Dec 1, 1995

Current and possible screening practices for diabetic retinopathy by general practitioners: new evidence from a pilot survey of Oxfordshire general practitioners

Ophthalmic Epidemiology
A F Smith


To investigate the relationship between the number of general practitioners in a GP practice and screening for diabetic retinopathy in order to evaluate the viability of increased GP involvement in screening for blinding diabetic eye disease. A ten point questionnaire was developed and sent to 50 randomly selected general practitioner practices throughout Oxfordshire. 41 (82%) of the general practitioner practices returned completed questionnaires. The mean number of GP's per GP practice was 4, with a standard deviation of 4 GP's while GP practice sizes ranged from 1 to 9 GP's per practice. Overall, 66% (n = 27) of GP practices indicated that they referred their diabetic patients for screening, even though 83% (n = 34) of GP practices performed funduscopy. 76% (n = 31) of GP practices ran diabetic clinics, and 66% (n = 27) of GP practices indicated that they wanted more training in the use of the ophthalmoscope and detecting diabetic retinopathy, despite the fact that 78% (n = 32) of this same group had received some form of postgraduate medical training in diabetes in the last five years. Lastly, only 27% (n = 11) of GP practices would alter their attitude to screening for diabetic retinopathy if they were paid substantially m...Continue Reading

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Physicians, Family
Prescribing Patterns, Physician
Diabetic Oculopathy
Pilot Projects
Repeated Rounds of Survey
Diabetic Retinopathy
Disorder of Eye

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