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Optometrist prescribing of therapeutic agents: economic implications for the UK


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  • Anne Mason

    (Centre for Health Economics, The University of York)

  • James Mason


To explore the impact of introducing therapeutic prescribing by UK optometrists, a literature review of the epidemiology and appropriateness of care for a range of ocular conditions is presented, together with activity data from national sources. A national survey of optometrists is reported, providing data on perceptions about the introduction of prescribing and consequent changes in practice. Drawing together the available information, the impact on cost and appropriateness of care and introducing therapeutic prescribing is assessed. Implications of our findings are discussed and a tentative research agenda is outlined.

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Paper provided by Centre for Health Economics, University of York in its series Working Papers with number 043cheop.

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Length: 92 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2002
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Handle: RePEc:chy:respap:43cheop

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Keywords: optometry; eye disease; treatment;


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