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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 228-230

Awareness of diabetic retinopathy among physicians and optometrists in a district of West Bengal


1 RMO cum clinical tutor, Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Kolkata, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Midnapore Medical College, West Bengal, India
3 MAE scholar, National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai, India
4 Deputy chief medical officer of health, Malda district, West Bengal, India

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S Ghosh
RMO cum clinical tutor, Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Kolkata
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A cross sectional study was done to ascertain the current knowledge among physicians and optometrists regarding diabetic retinopathy in a district of West Bengal. We obtained response from 242 physicians and 36 optometrists working in government health units. The questionnaire comprised of three sections covering magnitude of problem, risk factors and management. The responses were analysed and graded. In different sections, knowledge of 74 - 78% physicians and 83 - 86% optometrists was graded as not acceptable. Existing lack of knowledge among physicians and optometrists regarding diabetic retinopathy needs correction.


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