Care Provision for Poststroke Visual Impairment

Rowe, Fiona J ORCID: 0000-0001-9210-9131, Walker, Marion, Rockliffe, Janet, Pollock, Alex, Noonan, Carmel, Howard, Claire, Glendinning, Richard, Feechan, Rachel and Currie, Jim
(2015) Care Provision for Poststroke Visual Impairment. JOURNAL OF STROKE & CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES, 24 (6). pp. 1131-1144.

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<h4>Background</h4>We sought to explore the care provision for poststroke visual impairment and variations in this in the United Kingdom.<h4>Methods</h4>Survey questions were developed and piloted with clinicians, academics, and users. Questions addressed types of visual problems; how these were identified, treated, and followed up; care pathways in use; links with other professions; and referral options. The survey was accessed via a Weblink, which was circulated through UK professional organizations to multiprofessional members of ophthalmic and stroke teams.<h4>Results</h4>A total of 548 completed electronic surveys were obtained. In all, 49.5% of respondents represented stroke teams, 42.5% eye teams, and 8% from other teams, for example, emergency care. Many respondents (41%) saw patients within 1 week of stroke. Nineteen percent did not personally test vision: 11% had a visiting clinician to test vision, and 22% used screening tools. Validated tests were used for the assessment of visual acuity (39.5%), visual field (57.5%), eye movement (48.5%), and visual function (58.5%). Visual problems suspected by family or professionals were high (88.5%). Typical overall follow-up period of vision care was less than 3 months. In all, 46% of respondents used designated care pathways for stroke survivors with visual problems; 33.5% of respondents did not provide visual information leaflets.<h4>Conclusions</h4>Significant inequality exists in care for stroke survivors who experience visual problems. There is great variability in how vision screening is undertaken, which vision tests are used, methods of referral to eye care services, how visual problems are managed, and what vision information is provided to stroke survivors/carers. Further work is required to ensure equality and effective care.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Visual impairment, stroke, care provision, survey, professional, unmet need
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2016 13:26
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 07:33
DOI: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2014.12.035
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