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

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Jill Carlton

Health Economics and Decision Science (HEDS), School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield, Sheffield
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MMedSci (Orthoptics) BMedSci (Orthoptics)
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Abstract

Aim: 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. Thematic content analysis was undertaken, 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 were adult quality of life issues, hospital appointments, appearance, glasses-wear, patching treatment, atropine treatment, limitation of activities, relationships within the family, and treatment compliance.

Conclusions: The HRQoL implications of amblyopia and/or its treatment were 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’s and the parental perspective.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22599/bioj.35
How to Cite: Carlton, J., 2011. Clinicians’ perspectives of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) implications of amblyopia: a qualitative study. British and Irish Orthoptic Journal, 8, pp.17–22. DOI: http://doi.org/10.22599/bioj.35
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Published on 01 Aug 2011.
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