Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsHello, and welcome to week three, team approach to screening. Matching diabetic eye disease requires a range of personnel to support people with diabetes who are at risk of blindness or visual impairment. Specialists need to link with each other to obtain the best outcome for each person. This week highlights the multiple components for managing work flow and quality assurance. We will consider practical issues around grading quality management for diabetic retinopathy and managing the call and recall service to ensure a good coverage for systematic screening. Establishing a specific monitoring framework for diabetic retinopathy program is integral to the planning process within the health system.

Skip to 1 minute and 7 secondsSo look out for an example on how this was considered in India and join in the discussions with your own examples of practice. As always, you can work through this week's steps at your own pace and track your own progress.

Welcome to week 3

To work effectively and successfully prevent blindness, diabetic retinopathy (DR) screening programmes must develop strong, working connections between the medical and eye health teams who manage the clinical care of people with diabetes. They also need develop a good partnership with each person with diabetes and their family to co-manage this chronic and complex condition and reduce the risk of complications.

Within each DR screening programme, good connections are needed across the screening and treatment teams to manage the database, monitor the call and recall system and maintain a high quality assurance in the grading process. Screening services need to be monitored to ensure they reach the right person at the right time and that the correct decisions are taken in a timely way to prevent blindness from diabetic retinopathy.

By the end of this week you should be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of partnerships and the team approach to prevent blindness from diabetic retinopathy
  • Evaluate different approaches to screening and grading services
  • Assess methods for monitoring and evaluation of DR screening services.

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This video is from the free online course:

Diabetic Eye Disease: Building Capacity To Prevent Blindness

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine