Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 40, Issue 4, April 2011

Diabetic retinopathy Screening and management by Australian GPs

Daniel Ting Jonathon Ng Nigel Morlet Joshua Yuen Antony Clark Hugh Taylor Jill Keefe David Preen
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To describe current diabetic retinopathy (DR) screening and management practices among Australian general practitioners
Given that access to optometry is not evenly distributed across the country, and that ophthalmology is underresourced, GPs are the healthcare providers most able to manage and screen for DR in the community.
Only 29% of the GP respondents had read the National Health and Research Council guidelines at least once and 41% had a ‘moderate’ to ‘strong’ desire to screen for DR. A majority of GPs (74%) reported not routinely examining their diabetic patients for DR. Lack of confidence in detecting DR changes (86.4%) and time constraints (73.4%) were the two major barriers to GPs performing dilated fundoscopy on diabetic patients.

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