The Cost–Utility of Telemedicine to Screen for Diabetic Retinopathy in India

Purpose: To assess the cost-effectiveness of a telemedicine diabetic retinopathy (DR) screening program in rural Southern India that conducts 1-off screening camps (i.e., screening offered once) in villages and to assess the incremental cost-effectiveness ratios of different screening intervals. Design: A cost–utility analysis using a Markov model. Participants: A hypothetical cohort of 1000 rural diabetic patients aged 40 years who had not been previously screened for DR and who were followed over a 25-year period in Chennai, India. Methods: We interviewed 249 people with diabetes using the time trade-off method (Read more...)

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