DEDFUSDiabetic Eye Disease Follow-Up Study
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To determine whether diabetes was underreported on the death certificates of patients with known diabetic eye disease, CDC analyzed data from death certificates for persons identified as deceased by the Diabetic Eye Disease Follow-Up Study (DEDFUS).
DEDFUS was designed to determine adherence to recommended eye-treatment protocols and to measure changes in visual acuity among participants who were first evaluated from 1985 through 1987 in diabetes-control programs (DCPs).
Editorial Note: When compared with studies of diabetes-related mortality in the general population, diabetes appears to be recorded more often on the death certificates of persons from the DEDFUS sample (48% versus 40%) [2-4].