Carlton, J. (2010) Clinicians' perspectives of health related quality of life (HRQoL) implications of amblyopia: a qualitative study. Discussion Paper. (Unpublished)
Aims or Purpose: The health related quality of life (HRQoL) implications of amblyopia and/or its treatment have been reported. However the clinician’s perspective has not previously been explored. The purpose of this study was to explore the HRQoL implications of amblyopia and/or its treatment from a clinician’s perspective.
Methods: Three focus group sessions were conducted with practising orthoptists. The transcripts were analysed using “Framework” analysis to identify HRQoL themes associated with amblyopia and/or its treatment.
Results: Nine HRQoL themes associated with amblyopia and/or its treatment were identified. These included adult quality of life issues; hospital appointments; appearance; glasses-wear; patching treatment; atropine treatment; limited activities; relationships within the family; and treatment compliance.
Conclusions: The HRQoL implications identified were of amblyopia and/or its treatment was similar to those identified in the literature. Participants acknowledged a change in societal attitudes towards glasses and patching; with glasses becoming more socially acceptable. Further research is needed to explore the exact impact of amblyopia and/or its treatment from both the child and the parental perspective.
|Keywords:||amblyopia; health related quality of life (HRQoL); qualitative; orthoptist|
|Institution:||The University of Sheffield|
|Academic Units:||The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield) > Health Economics and Decision Science > HEDS Discussion Paper Series|
|Depositing User:||ScHARR / HEDS (Sheffield)|
|Date Deposited:||02 Sep 2010 11:06|
|Last Modified:||06 Jun 2014 11:33|
|Identification Number:||HEDS Discussion Paper 10/14|