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Factors influencing patient adherence with diabetic eye screening in rural communities: A qualitative study

Factors influencing patient adherence with diabetic eye screening in rural communities: A qualitative study

Diabetic retinopathy remains the leading cause of blindness among working-age U.S. adults largely due to low screening rates. Rural populations face particularly greater challenges to screening because they are older, poorer, less insured, and less likely to receive guideline-concordant care than those in urban areas. Current patient education efforts may not fully address multiple barriers to screening faced by rural patients. HIP Investigator, Dr. Yao Liu et al. sought to characterize contextual factors affecting rural patient adherence with diabetic eye screening guidelines.

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