Attitudes and perceptions of eye care workers and health administrators regarding task sharing in screening and detection for management of diabetic retinopathy in Pakistan
Mufarriq Shah, Ayesha Noor, Gail M Ormsby, Rahul Chakrabarti, C Alex Harper, Fakir Amirul Islam, Jill Keeffe
OPHTHALMIC EPIDEMIOLOGY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2018
PURPOSE: The shortage of ophthalmologists in many countries is a major barrier to timely provision of eye care. A team work approach to screen, detect and manage diabetic retinopathy (DR) could achieve greater screening coverage of people with diabetes to prevent vision loss. This study aimed to assess the attitudes and perceptions of eye care workers and health administrators regarding task sharing for management of DR. METHODS: Using purposive sampling, 121 eye and health care workers in five selected hospitals in two provinces in Pakistan were recruited. A cross-sectional survey explored the possibility for involvement of optometrists and mid-level eye care workers to share tasks with oph..View full abstract
The authors acknowledge funding for research from Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital, Melbourne. CERA receives Operational Infrastructure Support from the Victorian Government.