MREH research shows Professional development and business needs determine optometrists' involvement in community schemes

New research has found that UK optometrists participate in locally-based, enhanced eye care service schemes (ESS) primarily to further their professional development. However, as providers of 'for-profit' healthcare, participants made clear that they felt the need to consider the impact of the schemes on their business as part of any decision about involvement.

A qualitative study, funded by the College and conducted by researchers from the Centre for Public Health Research at City University London and the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, explored the views of 74 optometrists, ophthalmologists, and General Practitioners (GPs) involved in a minor eye conditions scheme (MECS) in South London and a glaucoma referral refinement scheme (GRRS) in Manchester.

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