The Role of General Practitioners in Diabetic Eye Care in Lanarkshire

F. M. Sullivan*, R. Stearn, A. C. MacCuish

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This study reports data from 50 practices (3550 patients) in Lanarkshire taking part in an audit of diabetes care. Data were obtained by review of general practitioner records and the correspondence from consultants and opticians contained in them. The principal study measures examine the process of care. Overall levels of performance were low: only 35.5% of patients had visual acuity and 54.5% fundoscopy recorded in the previous year. Significantly better results were observed for both examinations in those few practices which performed these examinations in more than 10% of their patients (51.4% vs 32.0% (mean difference 19.4, 95% CI 16.1–23.7) for visual acuity and 65.7% vs 53.3% (mean difference 12.4, 95% CI 3.0–21.8) for fundoscopy. Less than half of diabetic patients in Lanarkshire currently receive adequate screening for the ocular complications of diabetes. Most practices rely on hospital diabetic and ophthalmology services. Where practices undertake ocular examination of patients, this is currently in addition to those services provided elsewhere. 1994 Diabetes UK

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-585
Number of pages3
JournalDiabetic Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1994


  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Primary care Retinopathy


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