Table 4

Optometrists’ sensitivity and specificity for identifying diabetic retinopathy, presented by formal education level
Sensitivity Specificity
Any DR (n =7) Mild DR (n =5) Moderate DR (n =2) No DR (n =7)
% (95%CI) % (95%CI) % (95%CI) % (95%CI)
All optometrists (n=74) 67 (62 to 72) 54 (47 to 61) 100 84 (80 to 89)
Formal education a,**
 BSc or lower (n=51) 63 (56 to 69) 48 (39 to 57) 100 84 (78 to 89)
 MSc (n= 22) 77 (71 to 84) 68 (59 to 77) 100 85 (77 to 93)

BSc, Bachelor of science; CI, confidence interval; DR, diabetic retinopathy; MSc, master of science.

a Missing data for 1 optometrist.

Student t-test P**<0.01 statistically significant difference in sensitivity between optometrists with MSc and optometrists with BSc or even lower formal education.

Sundling et al.

Sundling et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:17   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-17

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