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Clinicians' perspectives of health related quality of life (HRQoL) implications of amblyopia: a qualitative study

Carlton, J. (2010) Clinicians' perspectives of health related quality of life (HRQoL) implications of amblyopia: a qualitative study. Discussion Paper. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Keywords: amblyopia; health related quality of life (HRQoL); qualitative; orthoptist
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: 08 Feb 2013 17:01
Status: Unpublished
Identification Number: HEDS Discussion Paper 10/14
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/11196

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