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How do older people with sight loss manage their general health? A Qualitative Study

BURTON, Amy and Shaw, R and Gibson, J How do older people with sight loss manage their general health? A Qualitative Study. Disability and Rehabilitation. ISSN 0963-8288 (In Press)

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Purpose: Older people with sight loss experience a number of barriers to managing their health. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how older people with sight loss manage their general health and explore the techniques used and strategies employed for health management. Methods: Semi-structured face-to-face interviews were conducted with 30 participants. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Health management challenges experienced included: managing multiple health conditions; accessing information; engaging in health behaviours; and maintaining wellbeing. Positive strategies included: joining support groups, clubs and societies; using low vision aids; seeking support from family and friends; and accessing support through health and social care services. Conclusions: Healthcare professionals need to be more aware of the challenges faced by older people with sight loss. Improved promotion of group support and charity services which are best placed to share information, provide fora to learn about coping techniques and strategies, and give older people social support to prevent isolation is needed. Rehabilitation and support services and equipment can only be beneficial if patients know what is available and how to access them. Over reliance on self-advocacy in current healthcare systems is not conducive to patient-centred care.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B500 Ophthalmics
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C800 Psychology
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Health Sciences > Psychology, Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Amy BURTON
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2015 10:31
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2017 01:38
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/2191

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