- The results of this study suggest that 68% of the population from this primary care practice got a dilated eye exam within a year. Facilitators were awareness/knowledge about the DR and DFE, eye problems and information from their doctors.
- Almost 20% of the patients did not get an eye exam as recommended. Various barriers included cost, transportation issues, time constraint issues, lack of symptoms of the disease, and fear of the exam.
- There is a significance difference in getting an eye exam by the type of insurance with a smaller percentage of Medicaid recipients (60%) meeting the guidelines compared to Private (94% and 80%) (p=0.01)
- Improved provider education efforts that address patient barriers may increase adherence to the recommendations for getting a DFE.
- Information and support on diabetic retinopathy and the importance of a dilated eye exam can help motivate diabetes patients to be examined by ophthalmologists.
Recommended CitationVerma, MD, MPH, Manisha; Sarfaty, Mona; Simmons, DrPH, MPH, Robert; and Crawford, Albert G., "Knowledge and Perceived barriers about Diabetic Retinopathy and Dilated eye exam in patients with Diabetes" (2011). College of Population Health Lectures, Presentations, Workshops. Paper 13.