Challenges of eye health care in children and strategies to improve treatment uptake: a qualitative study from the perspective of eye care professionals in the UK

Cassetti, Viola, Sanders, Tom and Bruce, Alison (2019) Challenges of eye health care in children and strategies to improve treatment uptake: a qualitative study from the perspective of eye care professionals in the UK. British and Irish Orthoptic Journal. ISSN 2516-3590 (In Press)

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Abstract

Follow up from universal vision screening at 4-5 years has been shown to be low in England, potentially increasing the risk of vision disorders not being treated. This study explores vision specialists’ views on the perceived barriers and facilitators encountered when engaging with parents and young children, and the strategies adopted to improve child/parent centred care. Fifteen semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with eye care professionals to explore perspectives on the challenges of treating children. Thematic analysis was performed to identify key barriers and the strategies eye care professionals adopt to enhance person-centred eye care when working with young children and their families. Two overarching themes were identified related to the professional-patient relationship. The first reflects the challenges which vision specialists experience when treating children, considering lack of eye health education and negative attitudes to diagnosis and treatment as major barriers. The second discusses the strategies adopted to tackle those barriers. Three strategies are proposed to enhance child-centred eye care: more eye health education, more personalised communication to enhance referral uptake and the development of better coordinated pathways of care between schools, communities and hospital services.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Child Health, Health Professionals, Screening, eye health care, treatment uptake
Subjects: B500 Ophthalmics
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2019 12:31
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2019 12:31
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/39005

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