Orthoptic Home Visits for Stroke Survivors: Results from a UK Professional Practice Survey.

Hanna, Kerry ORCID: 0000-0001-7357-7749 and Rowe, Fiona ORCID: 0000-0001-9210-9131
(2019) Orthoptic Home Visits for Stroke Survivors: Results from a UK Professional Practice Survey. The British and Irish orthoptic journal, 15 (1). pp. 105-114.

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<h4>Aim</h4>Orthoptists are perhaps the only allied health profession without a standard home visits service in the UK, although it could arguably be of benefit to many orthoptic patients. The aim of this survey was to identify whether home visits are being offered, or have the potential to be offered, within the orthoptic profession.<h4>Method</h4>A survey of the orthoptic professional body (BIOS) for the UK and Ireland was developed and data collected between January and March 2016. Descriptive analysis was used to report the quantitative findings. A thematic analysis approach was undertaken for the written responses within the free-text boxes of the survey.<h4>Results</h4>461 BIOS members responded to the survey (response rate of 30.7%). Ten hospital sites (3.7%) reported offering home visits, and 444 members (96.3%) reported that they do not offer home visits, with little desire or perceived need for such a service. Only certain patients reportedly meet requirements for an orthoptic home visit, including those unable to attend the hospital due to poor health, transport issues, reduced cognition, stroke and learning difficulties. Implementation barriers were reported including staff safety, assessment quality and cost.<h4>Conclusion</h4>Home visits are infrequently conducted within the orthoptic profession. However, where offered, certain patient groups were suggested to benefit from this service when they cannot attend hospital and thus, home visits could present a viable means of providing equitable visual care. Future research is required to explore orthoptic home visits compared to other forms of rehabilitation, and address concerns from the orthoptic professional body.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Home visits, domiciliary care, orthoptics, stroke, vision
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2020 12:21
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 23:29
DOI: 10.22599/bioj.134
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3103929