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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