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Volunteers are required for a new program to enhance wellbeing and strengthen coping skills in people with diabetic retinopathy, one of Australia's leading eye diseases.
The study will help determine whether learning and applying practical problem-solving skills can improve the quality of life for people with diabetic retinopathy. It was developed in response to earlier research which found that people with diabetic retinopathy are more likely to report that their diabetes has a greater negative impact on their quality of life than people who don't have the condition.
Volunteers must have type 2 diabetes and signs of diabetic retinopathy, and be open to learning and willing to participate in six to eight weekly telephone sessions.
Volunteers will be randomly allocated to either receive the new program or to continue to access the usual eye care services.
Eligible volunteers will be required to participate in a brief telephone interview and a short series of questionnaires (conducted over the telephone), as well as attend three appointments over nine months at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital to check diabetes status, involving assessments of blood glucose levels, height, weight and eye health.
For further details on the study, please contact the study coordinator listed below.
Source: Centre for Eye Research Australia
Ms Fleur O'Hare
Ph: (03) 9929 8075