Research into eye care service provision for wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

The Royal National Institute of the Blind

2012-2013

The project

We with the RNIB to enhance their understanding of health provision for wet age-related macular degeneration across the UK. Our focus was on identifying pathways and procedures that will maximise patient care and ensure rapid referral that will prevent vision loss.

Our approach

We conducted a large-scale piece of mixed-methods research for the RNIB to enhance their understanding of health provision for wet age-related macular degeneration across the UK. We conducted almost 200 depth interviews with quantitative measures, and a separate quantitative survey. To gain a full picture of service provision and compare patient and clinical perspectives, we interviewed patients, carers, ophthalmologists, optometrists, commissioners, and others involved in the clinical process.

The outcome

Our findings provided a clear set of recommendations about how to improve awareness of the condition, reduce diagnosis bottlenecks, and improve patient care. Read the public report.