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The Cost–Utility of Telemedicine to Screen for Diabetic Retinopathy in India

Authored by Multiple
Posted on May 3, 2013
Topic: Diabetic Eye Care, Eye Care, Eye Care Standards, Ethics & Research, Journal/Publication
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This study assessed the cost-effectiveness of a telemedicine diabetic retinopathy (DR) screening program in rural Southern India that conducts one-off screening camps (i.e., screening offered once) in villages and to assess the incremental cost effectiveness ratios of different screening intervals.

The study concludes that from a health provider perspective, a one-off DR telescreening program is cost-effective compared with no screening in this rural Indian setting. Increasing the frequency of screening up to two years also is cost effective. The results are dependent on the administrative costs of establishing and maintaining screening at regular intervals and on achieving sufficient coverage.

The 2013 article was published by Elsevier Inc. and copyrighted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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