Take Part in Our Research

We are carrying out a study funded by the Health Research Board to trial an intervention to improve attendance at diabetic retinopathy screening. We are looking for practices around Ireland who are interested in taking part.  More details about the trial and what is involved are included on our Recruitment flyer.

The IDEAs Study

We are investigating the feasibility of a practice-level approach to improve screening attendance for people with diabetes. Free, population-based screening was introduced in 2013, yet uptake in Ireland is only 61%.

What do you need to take part

  • Computered record system
  • Practice nurse

What would taking part involve?

  • Training session on audit conducted by the research team.
  • Audit at baseline and at 6 months
  • Setting up electronic alertson patient files
  • Reminding patients who have not attended screening face-to-face and by phone.
  • Sending a reminder letter with a keyinformation leaflet (all provided by the research team)
  • The intervention will run for 6 months.

What are the benefits of taking part?

  1. Opportunity to  improve care for patients with diabetes
  2. Training to develop practice expertise in running searches and conducting audit
  3. Audit can fulfil Medical Council obligations or be counted as internal CPD
  4. Practice reimbursement: up to €1000 depending on the number of patients audited (standard fee €500 + €5 per patient)

How do I get involved?

If you are interested or want to know more please contact Fiona Riordan at 021 4205532 or fiona.riordan@ucc.ie by the 19th of April.

ESPRIT Research Group

UCC School of Public Health, Western Gateway Building, Western Road, Cork,