Preschool vision screening

Snowdon SK, Stewart-Brown SL
Record ID 31998008183
Authors' objectives:

To undertake a systematic review of the effectiveness of preschool vision screening. To provide evidence on which decisions about the future provision of this service can be made. To indicate areas for further research.

Authors' recommendations: There is a lack of good quality research into the natural history of the target conditions, the disabilities associated with them, and the efficacy of available treatments. This evidence is essential to support a screening programme for a non-fatal condition for which there have been no rigorously controlled trials. An invitation to preschool vision screening carries with it the implicit assumption that screening is going to benefit the child. In the absence of sound evidence that the target conditions sought in the programmes are disabling and that the interventions available to correct them do more good than harm, the ethical basis for such interventions is very weak.
Project Status: Completed
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Year Published: 1997
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England, United Kingdom
MeSH Terms
  • Child, Preschool
  • Vision Screening
Organisation Name: NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme
Contact Address: NIHR Journals Library, National Institute for Health and Care Research, Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre, Alpha House, University of Southampton Science Park, Southampton SO16 7NS, UK
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