Knowledge and skills amongst optometrists in public and private sectors in India

African Vision and Eye Health

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Title Knowledge and skills amongst optometrists in public and private sectors in India
Creator Arvind, Anitha Clarke-Farr, Peter C. Naidoo, Kovin S.
Subject optometry optometry skills; knowledge; skill level; skill utilisation; public sector; private sector
Description Background: Optometrists with different levels of optometric education in India provide eye care services under various capacities to the public.Aim: The study evaluated the status of optometrists in terms of their knowledge, skills and frequency of skill utilisation in public and private sectors.Setting: A quantitative study design was adopted using a survey questionnaire that was distributed to optometrists providing eye care services in public and private sectors.Methods: A structured and validated questionnaire with closed-ended questions was administered to 650 participants.Results: A total of 400 completed questionnaires were received (response rate = 62%) of which 207 respondents were males (52%) and 193 females (48%). Most (57%) of the respondents were bachelor’s degree holders with 86% of the respondents in the private sector and 14% in the public sector. The knowledge level of ancillary and diagnostic tests (69%) was the least amongst public sector optometrists whilst it was binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy (66%) for private sector optometrists. The skill levels in indirect ophthalmoscopy was least amongst the public sector (56%) and private sector (44%) optometrists. Indirect ophthalmoscopy showed the least frequency of skill utilisation amongst public sector (13%) and private sector (34%) optometrists.Conclusion: The study highlighted the need for mandating best practice standards, and expanding the scope of defined practice, as optometrists are better suited for diagnostic roles and comprehensive eye examinations, and can contribute effectively towards averting preventable blindness.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor None
Date 2021-12-08
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/aveh.v80i1.643
Source African Vision and Eye Health; Vol 80, No 1 (2021); 9 pages 2410-1516 2413-3183
Language eng
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Coverage India 2018-2019 —
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