Information within optometric practice: comprehension, preferences and implications

Fiona Fylan, Elizabeth A Grunfeld

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The partnership approach to health care, in which patients take an active role in decision making, can potentially improve patient satisfaction and adherence to clinician recommendations. However, the process can be impeded by insufficient or poor-quality information provision. This study explored participants' understanding of, and requirements for, optometric information. Information leaflets were obtained from 12 optometry practices and four internet-based resources. Sixty-four patients/ clients participated in focus groups that explored: (1) their understanding of diagrams of visual function, (2) perceptions of good information, (3) information requirements and (4) perceptions of the effects of improved information. A theory-led thematic analysis identified three major themes within each of the four categories. The use of jargon and the inappropriate layout of diagrams and text impeded comprehension of the leaflets. High-quality information was defined as being written concisely with simple explanations and clear diagrams. There was also a preference for information to be relevant and applicable to the patient's own eye care needs. In addition, participants expressed a desire for both written and verbal information regarding eye examination procedures and interpretation of prescriptions. Advice regarding eye care was also requested. To facilitate a partnership approach and improve patient satisfaction, patients should be provided with jargon-free concisely written and clearly presented information. In addition to general information, patients would also benefit from personalised information regarding test results and eyecare regimes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-40
Number of pages8
JournalOphthalmic and Physiological Optics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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