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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 13  |  Page : 78-82

Diabetes mellitus in the Tamil Nadu State—Noncommunicable diseases nurse model in diabetic retinopathy screening

1 The Chief Medical Officer, Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Retina Vitreous Services, Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Retina Vitreous Services, Aravind Eye Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
4 Department of Community Outreach, Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
5 Project Division at Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Karthik Srinivasan
Retina Vitreous Services, Aravind Eye Hospital, 10, Poonamalle High Road, Noombal, Ambattur, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1987_19

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Tamil Nadu is one of the states in India, where the diabetic retinopathy (DR) project was implemented in the Tirunelveli District. Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli was the mentoring institution and ophthalmology department of Tirunelveli Medical College and Hospital (TVMCH) was the implementing partner. The objective of the project was to develop a district level model for building capacity at the government health system for effective screening, diagnosis and management (primary to tertiary) of diabetic retinopathy. The DR screening, counseling, referral and follow-up tasks were included in the scope of Non- Communicable Disease (NCD) nurses at the respective Community Health Centres and Primary Health Centres using the tele-medicine platform. During the project period (December 2016 to June 2019), 8,574 people with diabetes were registered at the 18 CHCs/PHCs. 6,462 (75.4% of those registered) were screened by NCD staff. The government has agreed to scale up services in 3 more districts.

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