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Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) performed by optometrists—enablers and barriers to a shift in service delivery

Konstantakopoulou, E; Jones, L; Nathwani, N; Gazzard, G; (2021) Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) performed by optometrists—enablers and barriers to a shift in service delivery. Eye 10.1038/s41433-021-01746-0. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Background/objectives: To explore the acceptability, training requirements, enablers and barriers of optometrist-delivered SLT. / Subjects/methods: Optometrists, fellowship and consultant grade ophthalmologists, hospital managers and patients were interviewed using pre-defined topic guides. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed, and subjected to thematic analysis. Overarching themes were defined by the study aims and the topic guides; subthemes were derived from the interview data. / Results: Sixty-six participants (three managers, eight glaucoma specialist consultant ophthalmologists, seven clinical glaucoma fellows, 12 optometrists (two of them performing SLT), two ophthalmic nurses and 34 patients) participated in the study. Overarching themes (and subthemes) were: necessity of non-medical SLT delivery, clinical practice and training, advantages, disadvantages, concerns, challenges, community delivery of SLT, patient values and other healthcare professionals that could also deliver SLT. / Conclusions: Certain clinical pre-requisites, such as gonioscopy and independent prescribing rights, were perceived as necessary for undertaking SLT training. An optometrist-delivered SLT service was expected to benefit the NHS, but there was an identified need of a standardised training scheme and robust governance. Patients were accepting of an optometrist-delivered SLT service in the hospital eye service.

Type: Article
Title: Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) performed by optometrists—enablers and barriers to a shift in service delivery
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/s41433-021-01746-0
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41433-021-01746-0
Language: English
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Keywords: Glaucoma, Health services
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Institute of Ophthalmology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10133039
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