4073.0 Access and Utilization of Eye Care Services: Barriers and Breakthroughs

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 8:30 AM
Disparities in the utilization of eye care services are influenced by differences in populationsí geographic access to providers, insurance status, and need (both actual and perceived). In addition, there exist well-documented utilization disparities whose causes are ill-understood. The speakers in this session present analyses of national datasets and survey responses which identify these trends. Government policy changes and community-level program initiatives are proposed to increase access to eye care and reduce the incidence of preventable visual impairment.
Session Objectives: 1. Identify barriers to access and utilization of eye care services. 2. Describe the impact of this phenomenon on affected populations. 3. Identify measures to promote better access and reduce the need for eye care services.
Janet L. Leasher, OD, MPH

8:33 AM
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Neyal J. Ammary-Risch, MPH, MCHES, John McInerney, MA, Melinda Moyer, MS, Linda Huss and Shelly Heath-Watson, MA
8:48 AM
Visual Health Professionals in South America: Distribution Analysis
Laura Guisasola, OD, Anna Rius, MPH, OD and Juan Carlos Ondategui, OD
9:03 AM
Vision Care Access and Quality of Life in Nursing Homes
William Arthur Monaco, OD, PhD and Duncan MacLean, MD
9:18 AM
Pediatric Hospitalizations Due to Eye Injuries 2000-2006- Development of a Graphic Educational Tool
Roe Roberts, PhD, Aparna Komarraju, MBBS and Philip Plubell, MPH, ABD
9:33 AM

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Organized by: Vision Care Section

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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