Formal and informal care utilisation amongst elderly persons with visual impairment.

Kathleen Ke, A.M. Montgomery, Michael Stevenson, C. O'Neill, Usha Chakravarthy

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OBJECTIVE: To examine the determinants of formal and informal care utilisation amongst persons with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). DESIGN: Cross-sectional hospital-based study. SETTING: Hospital eye clinic in Northern Ireland. PARTICIPANTS: 284 persons aged >or=50 years. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Participants were questioned about their care, living arrangements, eyesight-related ability to self-care, and eyesight-related need to be more careful whilst undertaking everyday tasks. RESULTS: The percentage of older persons receiving formal and informal care rose with the level of visual impairment. 34.9% and 37.3% of those with no visual impairment received formal and informal care, respectively, compared with 51.6% and 69.9% of those with moderate visual impairment and 55.6% and 88.9% of those with severe visual impairment. Three factors (age, best corrected distance visual acuity in the better eye and living alone) were significant predictors (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1279-1281
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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