This activity has been designed to address the educational needs of clinicians involved in the care and management of patients with or at risk for diabetic retinopathy (DR)/diabetic macular edema (DME), including PCPs (ie, internists, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and PAs), endocrinologists, optometrists, comprehensive ophthalmologists, residents, retinal specialists, and retinal fellows.
Many populations face barriers to healthcare. Some of these barriers are defined as social determinants of health (SDOH), which are outward conditions that affect access to and uptake of healthcare resources, including education levels, healthcare costs, and language barriers. These determinants can be mitigated by clinicians who seek the root reasons behind nonadherence of patients to office visits, taking medication, and follow-up care. This interactive case consult examines a Hispanic woman whose health is challenged with diabetes and its complications, including DR, identifies how SDOH have affected her life and presented a barrier to maintaining optimal health, and provides strategies for clinicians to employ in ensuring her optimal health.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to: