Journal article

Impact of the Manchester Glaucoma Enhanced Referral Scheme on NHS costs

H Forbes, M Sutton, DF Edgar, J Lawrenson, AF Spencer, C Fenerty, R Harper

BMJ Open Ophthalmology | BMJ Publishing Group | Published : 2019


Objectives: Glaucoma filtering schemes such as the Manchester Glaucoma Enhanced Referral Scheme (GERS) aim to reduce the number of false positive cases referred to Hospital Eye Services. Such schemes can also have wider system benefits, as they may reduce waiting times for other patients. However, previous studies of the cost consequences and wider system benefits of glaucoma filtering schemes are inconclusive. We investigate the cost consequences of the Manchester GERS. Design: Observational study. Methods: A cost analysis from the perspective of the National Health Service (NHS) was conducted using audit data from the Manchester GERS. Results: 2405 patients passed through the Manchester GE..

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