Using patient-level primary care data for an health equity audit
Authors: Fraser SDS, Watkinson GE, Rennie CA, King D, Sanderson H, Edwards L, Roderick P
Evaluating equity in screening programs is important to help reduce inequalities. We found evidence of inequity in access and uptake of retinopathy screening. Primary care data contained more information than screening program data. Using a combined health record between the two was more efficient than obtaining data directly from general practices. However, data was incomplete for deprivation measures at the time of this audit. Our audit informed subsequent efforts to improve equity in local diabetic retinopathy screening services.