Mortality and hospital morbidity of working-age blind

J.M. Crewe, Nigel Morlet, William Morgan, K. Spilsbury, A.S. Mukhtar, A. Clark, J.B. Semmens

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Aim: Determine whether blindness in people aged 18-65 years was associated with increased rates of mortality, hospitalisation and length of stay. Methods: A retrospective matched cohort study of legally blind people and normally sighted controls, aged 18-65 years, comparing mortality rates and hospital morbidity records. Results: Together, 419 blind and 419 controls accumulated 12 258 hospital separations over the 11-year study period. The blind had an age-specific mortality rate seven times greater (12/1000 person years) than the general population (1.8/1000 person years) (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1579-1585
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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