IJCRR - 5(12), June, 2013
BARRIERS TO THE UPTAKE OF CATARACT SURGERY IN A RURAL POPULATION OF SOUTH KARNATAKA, INDIA
Author: Guruprasad S. Bettadapura, Narendra P. Datti, Krishnamurthy Donthi, Ranganath B.G., Shamanna B. Ramaswamy, Sangeetha T.
Purpose: To analyse the barriers to the uptake of cataract surgery in patients aged over 50 years in a rural set up and suggest possible remedial measures. Methods: Sixty one clusters of 50 people aged over 50 years were selected by probability-proportionate to size sampling. All participants were evaluated using standard Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness ( RAAB ) methodology. People with unilateral or bilateral cataract were interviewed about the reasons for not having undergone surgery. Results: Of the 3050 people enumerated, 2907(95.3%) were examined. Among them 1360(47%) were males and 1547(53%) were females. Out of them, 73(2.51%) were bilaterally blind due to cataract(vision < 3/60). The main barriers noted in bilateral cataract blind were "No one to accompany" and "Waiting for maturity"(27.2% each). Conclusion: Augmenting the outreach programmes accompanied by information and motivational campaigns will reduce barriers to uptake of cataract surgery and in turn reduce the cataract blindness.
Keywords: Barriers, Cataract surgery, outreach programmes, Rapid assessment, eyecare
Guruprasad S. Bettadapura, Narendra P. Datti, Krishnamurthy Donthi, Ranganath B.G., Shamanna B. Ramaswamy, Sangeetha T.. BARRIERS TO THE UPTAKE OF CATARACT SURGERY IN A RURAL POPULATION OF SOUTH KARNATAKA, INDIA International Journal of Current Research and Review. 5(12), June, 77-82
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