What is the impact of using thresholds (both for referral and surgery) for first-eye cataract surgery on the delivery of the cataract service and the resources associated with it?

Emengo H
Record ID 32013000481
Authors' recommendations: Summary. The decision-making process for the referral and possible removal of cataracts is multifaceted and complex. It involves not only clinical judgment about appropriate eligibility for both referral and surgery but also an informed decision made by the patient. There are no specific thresholds or criteria that define appropriate patients for referral and/or cataract surgery. As a result, there are variations (within and across countries) in clinical practice that could have implications for the delivery of a potentially efficient and more cost-effective cataract service. It appears that multiple objective and subjective criteria are in use, but there is little evidence available to support or refute their appropriateness for improving service delivery outcomes. Locally developed priority criteria also need to be continuously evaluated against current national guidelines for validity and appropriateness as they are implemented.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2012
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Scotland, United Kingdom
MeSH Terms
  • Lens Implantation, Intraocular
Organisation Name: Scottish Health Technologies Group
Contact Address: Scottish Health Technologies Group, Delta House, 50 West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1 2NP Tel: 0141 225 6998
Contact Name: his.shtg@nhs.scot
Contact Email: his.shtg@nhs.scot
Copyright: Healthcare Improvement Scotland
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