Cost-effectiveness of the screening and treatment of diabetic retinopathy: What are the costs of underutilization?

A. M. Fendrick, J. C. Javitt, Pin Chiang Yen Pin Chiang

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Abstract

Diabetic retinal disease remains a leading cause of visual disability among those of working age. Controlled trials have demonstrated that timely diagnosis and photocoagulation treatment can reduce significantly the likelihood of visual impairment in affected diabetic patients. Using a prospective simulation model, we show that an annual screening and treatment program saves thousands of years of vision and reduces medical expenditures over the lifetime of a cohort of Swedish Type I diabetic patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)694-707
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Volume8
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health Informatics
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health Information Management

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