Journal article

Self-management programs for adults with low vision: Needs and challenges

G Rees, CL Saw, EL Lamoureux, JE Keeffe

PATIENT EDUCATION AND COUNSELING | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To explore the needs of individuals with low vision in order to inform the contents of a low vision self-management (SM) program and determine potential barriers to participation. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 48 participants with low vision resulting different from eye conditions. Qualitative analysis was conducted in order to identify major themes. RESULTS: All participants described a range of consequences as a result of vision loss including difficulties with functional activities, social interaction and emotional distress. Less than half were interested in attending a SM program. Barriers included practical reasons as well as a perceived lack of need..

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