New study to develop and test an Intervention to improve diabetic retinopathy screening attendance.
The study, led by Dr Sheena McHugh, was launched on 21st June, 2018 at the School of Public Health, University College Cork.
Diabetic retinopathy is a serious and common condition affecting the sight of people with diabetes and it can cause blindness. It is preventable through screening and can be treated if found in time. However, the success of screening is dependent on people attending when invited. Studies show that a number of people with diabetes do not attend regular screening and experience barriers to accessing and using the service.
The study ‘Feasibility of an Intervention to Improve Attendance for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening’ is funded by the HRB Definitive Interventions and Feasibility Awards (DIFA). It will investigate the feasibility of an intervention in general practice to increase retinopathy screening registration, consent and attendance. The study is being undertaken in collaboration with a number of co-applicants including Prof. Patricia Kearney and Prof. John Browne in the School of Public Health, Dr Aileen Murphy at the School of Economics and Prof. Susan Smith from the Royal College of Surgeons and HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network. More details on the study are available here.