Nova Southeastern University Office of Academic Affairs Search NSU Site Map Nova Southeastern University
President's Faculty R & D Grant 
Home
Committees, Councils
  and Boards
Faculty Policy Manual
NSU Scholarly Journals
Professional Journals
Prof. Memberships
Policies & Procedures
Provost's Research and Scholarship Award
President's Faculty
 R & D Grant
PFRDG Application Review Process by NSU Librarians
Faculty Resources
Student Resources
Contact Us

Print this page  

 


With a focus on learning, we employ a range of strategies to support innovation, collaboration across centers, and university-wide discussion and decision-making

 

Fifth Annual Grant Winners 2004-2005

Heidi Wagner, OD, HPD - College of Optometry
Joseph J. Pizzimenti, OD, HPD - College of Optometry
Naushira Pandya, MD, CMD, HPD - College of Osteopathic Medicine
Karen Daniel, Pharm.D, CDE, HPD - College of Pharmacy
Patrick C. Hardigan, Ph.D., HPD

Dean David Loshin, HPD – College of Optometry
Dean Anthony Silvagni, HPD – College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dean William Hardigan, HPD – College of Pharmacy
Chancellor Frederick Lippman, HPD

Title: Eye Health and Vision Care for Patients with Diabetes: Comparing Usual Care to a Targeted Intervention in a Randomized Controlled Trial

Abstract:

Need/Background: Diabetic retinopathy is estimated to be the most frequent cause of new cases of blindness in the United States among adults. Severe and moderate vision loss from diabetes is often preventable with timely detection and treatment.

Rationale: Many diabetic patients do not understand the importance of annual dilated fundus examinations in the absence of ocular symptoms, nor do they recognize the benefits of early detection of diabetic eye disease.

Methodological design: The proposed pilot study compares the efficacy of usual care to an intervention emphasizing patient education targeted at English-speaking adult patients with diabetes seeking eye care in an academic health center. This proposal illustrates the specific aims of the investigators to increase patient knowledge of preventive health strategies for diabetes as they pertain to eye health and vision care, to increase patient satisfaction with eye and vision care, to educate future health care providers in diabetic patient care, and to promote interdisciplinary collaboration in the care of patients with diabetes.

Data analysis: The primary outcome measures are patient knowledge of preventive health strategies for diabetes as they pertain to eye health and vision care and patient satisfaction with eye and vision care. A multinomial generalized estimating equation will be used to ascertain group differences.

Significance: It is anticipated that the results of the study shall be used to tailor the intervention to meet the needs of the local community and to seek external funding for future research. The ultimate goal of this project is to increase the proportion of persons with diabetes who have dilated fundus examinations at appropriate intervals and to reduce visual impairment due to diabetic retinopathy.