Year : 2007 | Volume
: 55 | Issue : 2 | Page : 133--136
Barriers to the uptake of cataract surgery in patients presenting to a hospital
Upreet Dhaliwal, Sunil K Gupta
Department of Ophthalmology, UCMS and GTB Hospital, Delhi, India
Purpose: To assess the barriers for the acceptance of surgery among patients with cataract and visual disability.
Materials and Methods: A short-term descriptive study was conducted in patients with cataract presenting to a hospital. Socio-demographic data were entered in a proforma. An interviewer-assisted questionnaire, surveying knowledge about cataract and barriers to cataract surgery, was administered by one of the authors (SKG) in the local language (Hindi).
Results: There were 100 patients (53 men and 47 women); 14 were bilaterally blind (vision <10/200 in the better eye). Attitudinal barriers included: could manage daily work (71%), cataract not mature (68%), could see clearly with the other eye (64%), too busy (57%), female gender (37%), fear of surgery (34%), fear of surgery causing blindness (33%) or death (13%), old age (33%), it is God«SQ»s will (29%) and worry about cost of surgery (27%). The barriers relating to service delivery, cost, and affordability included: insufficient family income (76%), not knowing another person who had undergone cataract surgery (26%), no one to accompany (20%), distance from hospital (20%) or from a main road (9%) and lack of transport (7%).
Conclusions: Attitudinal barriers were reported more often, rather than issues of accessibility or cost. Eye care providers should address the identified barriers for increasing acceptance of surgery in the study area.
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Dhaliwal U, Gupta SK. Barriers to the uptake of cataract surgery in patients presenting to a hospital.Indian J Ophthalmol 2007;55:133-136
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Dhaliwal U, Gupta SK. Barriers to the uptake of cataract surgery in patients presenting to a hospital. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2007 [cited 2013 Jun 19 ];55:133-136
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