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DR. P.C. SEN MEMORIAL AWARD PAPER ON RURAL HEALTH PRACTICE
Year : 2005  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 63-67

Increasing access to cataract surgery in a rural area - a support strategy


Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

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R Malhotra
Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
India
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The objectives of the study were to elicit the reasons for not undergoing cataract surgery from those having cataract, aged 50 years and above, in a village community and, develop, implement and assess a support strategy for getting cataract surgery done. The leading reasons identified were monetary constraints (18.8%), transport difficulty (17.4%), lack of awareness about cataract in the eyes (17.4%) and lack of escort (14.5%). Based on the identified reasons, patients were transported in groups to a government eye hospital for free surgery after completion of required pre operative formalities at the village health center itself. Out of 65 eligible individuals, 66.2% underwent surgery. The success of the approach was evident by perceived improvement in vision in 88.4% operated patients, occurrence of only few minor complications and a satisfactory hospital experience being reported by all.


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