Effect of poverty on eye health and implications for nursing practice

Williamson, Swapna Naskar, Seewoodhary, Mahesh and Dampies, Lavona (2016) Effect of poverty on eye health and implications for nursing practice. Nursing Standard, 30 (50). pp. 42-51. ISSN 0029-6570

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Abstract

Poverty is a global issue that affects the health and quality of life of millions of people. It predisposes people to many health conditions, including sight loss or blindness as a result of the immune system becoming compromised. Blindness is common in areas of the world where there is extreme poverty. In the UK, poverty has become a major social issue, contributing to many health problems, including eye conditions. These eye conditions can result in sight loss if they are not managed effectively. Psychosocial care is an essential aspect of patient care, because poverty and sight loss are interrelated. Healthcare practitioners have a significant role in the management and prevention of blindness. Blindness caused by poverty is largely preventable, and health promotion is an important strategy in care management.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2017 RCN Publishing Company Ltd. This is the author’s accepted manuscript of an article published in Nursing Standard.
Uncontrolled Keywords: poverty, eye health, health promotion, self-management, nursing implications
Subjects: Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: Swapna Williamson
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2016 14:06
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:35
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2755

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