Systematic review of the appropriateness of eye care delivery in eye care practice

Kam Chun Ho, Fiona Stapleton, Louise Wiles, Peter Hibbert, Sally Alkhawajah, Andrew White, Isabelle Jalbert

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Background: Health care systems are continually being reformed, however care improvement and intervention effectiveness are often assumed, not measured. This paper aimed to review findings from published studies about the appropriateness of eye care delivery, using existing published evidence and/or experts' practice and to describe the methods used to measure appropriateness of eye care. Methods: A systematic search was conducted using Medline, Embase and CINAHL (2006 to September 2016). Studies reporting the processes of eye care delivery against existing published evidence and/or experts' practice were selected. Data was extracted from published reports and the methodological quality using a modified critical appraisal tool. The primary outcomes were percentage of appropriateness of eye care delivery. This study was registered with PROSPERO, reference CRD42016049974. Results: Fifty-seven studies were included. Most studies assessed glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy and the overall methodological quality for most studies was moderate. The ranges of appropriateness of care delivery were 2-100% for glaucoma, 0-100% for diabetic retinopathy and 0-100% for other miscellaneous conditions. Published studies assessed a single ocular condition, a sample from a single centre or a single domain of care, but no study has attempted to measure the overall appropriateness of eye care delivery. Conclusions: These findings indicated a wide range of appropriateness of eye care delivery, for glaucoma and diabetic eye care. Future research would benefit from a comprehensive approach where appropriateness of eye care is measured across multiple conditions with a single methodology, to guide priorities within eye care delivery and monitor quality improvement initiatives.

Original languageEnglish
Article number646
JournalBMC health services research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 6 Sept 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Delivery of health care
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Glaucoma
  • Process assessment (health care)
  • Public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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