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East London’s Homeless: a retrospective review of an eye clinic for homeless people

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Health Services Research, February 2016
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Title
East London’s Homeless: a retrospective review of an eye clinic for homeless people
Published in
BMC Health Services Research, February 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12913-016-1295-8
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Authors

Penny J. D’Ath, Laura J. Keywood, Elaine C. Styles, Clare M. Wilson

Abstract

There is very little published work on the visual needs of homeless people. This paper is the first study to investigate the visual needs of homeless people in the UK. Although similar work has been done in other countries, this study is unique because the United Kingdom is the only country with a National Health Service which provides free healthcare at the point of access. This study analysed the refractive status of the sample used, determined the demographics of homeless people seeking eye care and established if there is a need for community eye health with access to free spectacle correction in East London. This retrospective case study analysed the clinical records of 1,141 homeless people using the Vision Care for Homeless People services at one of their clinics in East London. All eye examinations were carried out by qualified optometrists and, where appropriate, spectacles were dispensed to patients. Data captured included age, gender, ethnicity and refractive error. Results were analysed using two-sample t-tests with Excel and Minitab. Demographics of age, gender and ethnicity are described. Spherical equivalents (SE) were calculated from prescription data available for 841 clinic users. Emmetropia was defined as SE-0.50DS to +1DS, myopia as SE < -0.50DS, and hyperopia as SE > +1DS. The majority of clinic users were male (79.2 %, n = 923). Approximately 80 % (n = 583) of clinic users were white, 10 % (n = 72) were 'black', 4 % (n = 29) 'Asian' and the remaining 5.6 % (n = 40) were of 'mixed ethnicity' and 'other' groups. The mean age of females attending the clinic was significantly lower than that of males (45.9 years, SD = 13.8 vs' 48.4 years, SD = 11.8) when analysed using a two-sample t-test (t (317) = 2.44, p = 0.02). One third of service users were aged between 50-59 years. Myopia and hyperopia prevalence rates were 37.0 % and 21.0 % respectively. A total of 34.8 % of homeless people were found to have uncorrected refractive error, and required spectacle correction. This study has identified a high proportion of uncorrected refractive error in this sample and therefore a need for regular eye examinations and provision of refractive correction for homeless people.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 40 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 5 13%
Student > Bachelor 5 13%
Other 4 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 8%
Student > Master 3 8%
Other 8 20%
Unknown 12 30%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 12 30%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 15%
Computer Science 2 5%
Neuroscience 2 5%
Social Sciences 2 5%
Other 1 3%
Unknown 15 38%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 5. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 08 March 2016.
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#2,857,476
of 12,141,799 outputs
Outputs from BMC Health Services Research
#1,261
of 3,956 outputs
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#75,924
of 291,637 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Health Services Research
#36
of 91 outputs
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