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Psychosocial impact of visual impairment in working-age adults.

Nyman, S.R., Gosney, M.A. and Victor, C.R., 2010. Psychosocial impact of visual impairment in working-age adults. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 94 (11), 1427-1431.

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DOI: 10.1136/bjo.2009.164814


Aim: To review the evidence for the presence of lower levels of psychosocial well-being in working age adults with visual impairment, and for interventions to improve such levels of psychosocial well-being. Methods: Systematic review of quantitative studies published in English from 2001 to July 2008 that measured depression/mental health, anxiety, quality of life, social functioning or social support. Results: Included were 29 studies that measured one or more outcomes (N¼52). Working-age adults with visual impairment were significantly more likely to report lower levels of mental health (mean difference¼14.51/100), social functioning (MD¼11.55/100) and quality of life. Studies regarding the prevalence of depressive symptoms produced inconsistent results but had methodological limitations. Conclusions: Future research is required into the prevalence of loneliness, anxiety, and depression in adults with visual impairment, and to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions for improving psychosocial well-being such as counselling, peer support, and employment programmes.

Item Type:Article
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:17041
Deposited By: Dr S. R. Nyman
Deposited On:22 Dec 2010 11:20
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:36

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