Barriers to diabetic retinopathy screening in South Asian groups
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Barriers to diabetic retinopathy screening in South Asian groups

Anita John Practice development matron, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Joanne Cooper Head of nursing and midwifery research/senior research fellow, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Laura Serrant-Green Professor of community and public health nursing, School of Health and Wellbeing, University of Wolverhampton

Anita John and colleagues describe a study to explore the reasons for low uptake of appropriate vision tests among hard-to-reach communities

The incidence of diabetes in the UK is six times higher among people of South Asian origin compared with their European counterparts. This qualitative study explored the barriers to, and incentives for, accessing diabetic retinopathy screening by the South Asian population in Nottingham. The findings suggest that lack of understanding is a significant factor in low attendance rates. Health professionals and services should maximise all opportunities to reinforce the benefits, and engagement strategies should be adapted to the characteristics and beliefs of subgroups in this community.

Primary Health Care. 24, 8, 25-30. doi: 10.7748/phc.24.8.25.e897


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 03 March 2014

Accepted: 07 May 2014