Journal article

Participant referral rate in the National Eye Health Survey (NEHS)

Stuart Keel, Pei Ying Lee, Joshua Foreman, Peter van Wijngaarden, Hugh R Taylor, Mohamed Dirani

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2017

Abstract

PURPOSE: To present the rates of referral of participants in the National Eye Health Survey (NEHS) for further eye care. MATERIALS & METHODS: A national sample of 3098 non-Indigenous Australians aged 50-98 and 1738 Indigenous Australians aged 40-92 years living in 30 randomly selected sites was recruited using a door-to-door approach. Participants completed a general questionnaire and a series of eye tests, including vision and anterior segment assessment, intra-ocular pressure measurement, visual field testing and fundus photography. A predefined protocol was used to guide the referral of participants for follow up eye care. An ophthalmologist was on-call to assist with the triaging of part..

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Grants

Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

The National Eye Health Survey was funded by the Department of Health of the Australian Government, and also received financial contributions from Novartis Australia and in-kind support from our industry and sector partners, OPSM, Carl Zeiss, Designs for Vision, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Optometry Australia and the Brien Holden Vision Institute. We would like to specifically acknowledge OPSM, who kindly donated sunglasses valued at

30 for each study participant. The Centre for Eye Research Australia receives Operational Infrastructure Support from the Victorian Government. The Principal Investigator, Dr Mohamed Dirani, is supported by a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (#1090466). The PhD student, Joshua Foreman is supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.