Strengthening the integration of eye care into the health system: methodology for the development of the WHO package of eye care interventions

Keel, Stuart and Evans, Jennifer R and Block, Sandra and Bourne, Rupert R. A. and Calonge, Margarita and Cheng, Ching-Yu and Friedman, David S and Furtado, João M and Khanna, Rohit C and Mathenge, Wanjiku and Mariotti, Silvio and Matoto, Elenoa and Müller, Andreas and Rabiu, M Mansur and Rasengane, Tuwani and Zhao, Jialang and Wormald, Richard and Cieza, Alarcos (2020) Strengthening the integration of eye care into the health system: methodology for the development of the WHO package of eye care interventions. BMJ Open Ophthalmology, 5 (1). e000533. ISSN 2397-3269

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Abstract

Objective: To describe the rational for, and the methods that will be employed to develop, the WHO package of eye care interventions (PECI). Methods and analysis: The development of the package will be conducted in four steps: (1) selection of eye conditions (for which interventions will be included in the package) based on epidemiological data on the causes of vision impairment and blindness, prevalence estimates of eye conditions and health facility data; (2) identification of interventions and related evidence for the selected eye conditions from clinical practice guidelines and high-quality systematic reviews by a technical working group; (3) expert agreement on the inclusion of eye care interventions in the package and the description of resources required for the provision of the selected interventions; and (4) peer review. The project will be led by the WHO Vision Programme in collaboration with Cochrane Eyes and Vision. A Technical Advisory Group, comprised of public health and clinical experts in the field, will provide technical input throughout all stages of development. Results: After considering the feedback of Technical Advisory Group members and reviewing-related evidence, a final list of eye conditions for which interventions will be included in the package has been collated. Conclusion: The PECI will support Ministries of Health in prioritising, planning, budgeting and integrating eye care interventions into health systems. It is anticipated that the PECI will be available for use in 2021.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: public health
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
Depositing User: Ian Walker
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2020 10:05
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:52
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/705800

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