Changing patterns of access to cataract surgery: a population study spanning 22 years

Kylie Van Minnen, Katrina Spilsbury, Jonathon Ng, Nigel Morlet, Jianhong Xia, James Semmens

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Abstract

Cataract surgery can prevent blindness but access to health services is often difficult for those living in rural and remote areas of Australia. This study investigated changes in cataract surgery relative to geographical and demographic status 1980-2001. Improved specialist ophthalmic services in rural and remote areas of Western Australia reduced the median distance travelled by patients but did not improve the rate of surgery. This suggests that factors other than distance also affect patient access to cataract surgery. Adequate access to cataract surgery by Aboriginal Australians was difficult to assess due to outdated prevalence data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-8
Number of pages5
JournalHealth & Place
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

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