Determine the cost-effectiveness of Tele-retina screening
Using pilot project data, collected in collaboration with South Riverdale CHC, Dr Valeria Rac at the Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment (THETA) evaluated the cost-effectiveness of the Tele-retina program. Findings from this study suggest that Tele-retina, using a portable retinal camera, is a more cost-effective way of screening for diabetic retinopathy than a standard screening eye exam in Toronto (semi) urban communities in diabetic individuals at risk for developing DR and with limited access to eye care specialists.
Consult with people living with diabetes to learn the barriers and enablers to diabetic retinopathy screening from the perspective of vulnerable populations
In collaboration with Laval University and Ottawa Health Research Institute a new research project was developed and now actively enrolling participants. Using structural interviews, the aim is to identify and understand barriers and enablers, ethnocultural minorities with the higher risk of DR (i.e. immigrants from South Asia, China and Francophone immigrants of African descent), are facing to attend DR screening in Ontario and Quebec. These results will enable the design of fit-for-purpose interventions that will specifically address the barriers experienced by these groups.