Title: Service innovation to help people live well with diabetes and reduce sight loss
Author: Helen Lee; Publisher: RNIB; Year of Publication: 2015
Through the co-production of patient centred interventions to improve self management this project was able to increase uptake of Diabetic Retinopathy Screening, Diabetic Retinopathy outpatient clinics, knowledge and understanding of eye health and diabetes.
Diabetic eye disease is one of the leading causes of certifiable sightloss amongst the working age population in the UK. Six percent of the UK adult population is currently diagnosed with diabetes; this is 3.2 million people. It is expected that this will increase to 4.6 million people (9.5% of the adult population) by 2030. Ensuring people are able to effectively manage their diabetes, including attending eye health appointments is crucial to preventing complications such as sight loss.
RNIB worked in partnership with the NHS in Bradford, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the community of Bradford to pilot a suite of interventions designed to improve uptake of Diabetic Retinopathy Screening, eye examinations, appointments at diabetic retinopathy outpatient clinics and to improve knowledge and understanding of diabetes and eye health.
This research briefing outlines the findings from the pilot project.