Title

Reducing Preventable Blindness through Co-management of Diabetic Retinopathy

Date of Award

12-3-2013

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Healthcare Leadership

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Healthcare Leadership

Advisor

Irene Frederick

Keywords

Co-management, Retinopathy; Preventable blindness

Abstract

Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) is an advanced uncontrolled state of diabetes which progressively worsens and results in blindness. A retinal screening provides early detection of progression and allows for an immediate treatment to halt or minimize permanent vision loss. Over 40% of DR patients do not follow recommendations for timely screenings, even when told they could go blind. Confusion during transitions of care between multiple providers is the primary contributing factor. How can multiple providers cooperate to diminish confusion that causes non-compliance, and results in unnecessary blindness?

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