Barriers to Attending Eye Appointments among Underserved Adults

December 2017
Journal of Ophthalmic and Vision Research


Introduction: Uninsured people have considerably less access to eye doctors and treatments for eye diseases. In a partnership between the Hope Clinic, a non‑profit medical clinic for uninsured individuals, and the University of Michigan’s ophthalmology department, free comprehensive ophthalmic examinations are offered once every two months on a Saturday. We conducted a study on the population that availed this facility in the past[1] and, after three years, we were concerned about the rate of clinic non‑attendance. We conducted a study on the barriers facing those adults who failed to keep their appointments at the University despite multiple reminders.

DOI: 10.4103/jovr.jovr_57_17

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