Technology assessment applied: a comparison of ophthalmic diagnostic techniques to detect diabetic retinopathy among Aboriginal people in central Australia

Contemp Nurse. 1993 Apr;2(1):23-8. doi: 10.5172/conu.2.1.23.


Diabetes mellitus is one of the non-communicable diseases that has accompanied Aboriginal exposure to Western life style. The prevalence of diabetes mellitus is higher in the Aboriginal population than in non-Aboriginal Australians (Holding, 1985) and many Aboriginals who have diabetes mellitus develop diabetic retinopathy. Early detection facilitates treatment and prevention of blindness, a sequela of diabetic retinopathy. This paper describes the use of technology assessment as a framework for comparing two diagnostic technologies, fundal camera and ophthalmoscope, for use with Aboriginal people in central Australia.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Australia / epidemiology
  • Diabetic Retinopathy / diagnosis*
  • Diabetic Retinopathy / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander*
  • Ophthalmoscopy / economics
  • Ophthalmoscopy / methods
  • Ophthalmoscopy / standards*
  • Technology Assessment, Biomedical*