Impacts of Referral Methodology on Diabetic Retinopathy Screening (Abstract)


Diabetes prevalence in the U.S. has been reported in excess of 9.3%. Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults aged 20-74 nationally, with an estimated 40.3% of diabetics having retinopathy and 8.2% having vision-threatening retinopathy (3.4% and 0.75% prevalence respectively in the general population) (RI Dept. Health, 2015). Given the progressive nature of the disease (Xu et. al, 2014), early detection and treatment are critical in reducing individual and societal burdens imposed by the same. Our objective was to establish best-practices for managing Providence Community Health Center patients at high-risk for DR, methods for patient referral were assayed to determine which resulted in a greater number of screened patients.

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Howard, Adam, "Impacts of Referral Methodology on Diabetic Retinopathy Screening (Abstract)" (2018). Gateways to Medicine, Health Care, and Research. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.



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