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RESEARCH METHDOLOGY
Year : 2002  |  Volume : 50  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 233-7

Population-based screening versus case detection.


L V Prasad Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, L V Prasad Marg, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-500 034, India

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R Thomas
L V Prasad Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, L V Prasad Marg, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-500 034
India
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India has a large burden of blindness and population-based screening is a strategy commonly employed to detect disease and prevent morbidity. However, not all diseases are amenable to screening. This communication examines the issue of "population-based screening" versus "case detection" in the Indian scenario. Using the example of glaucoma, it demonstrates that given the poor infrastructure, for a "rare" disease, case detection is more effective than population-based screening.


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