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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: A study of pent-up demand in ophthalmology: Divinolandia Hospital/Unicamp
Author: Machado, Maria Cecilia
Kara-Jose, Newton
Arieta, Carlos Eduardo Leite
Lourenco, Jose Leonardo Garcia
Carvalho, Regina de Souza
Abstract: Objective: To assess the waiting time for eye care identifying the number of patients with each complaint; to investigate how the waiting time may worsen the patient's condition; to check the screening of urgent cases for effectiveness; and to devise means of increasing the medical-surgical care capacity. Methods: A retrospective descriptive survey was conducted using data obtained on 12 occasions during collaborative team visits to provide eyecare services. These initiatives were designed to decrease the waiting time and to treat urgent cases that occurred on each occasion; eyecare services were provided every Saturday, in the period from June to August 2006, in 16 cities of the region covered by Conderg (Consortium for the Development of the Sao Joao da Boa Vista Administrative Region). Results: Referrals used 1,743 (87.1%) of the 2,000 places available. The most frequent diagnoses were refractive errors, with 683 cases, corresponding to 39.1% of the total, followed by cataracts, with 296 cases, corresponding to 20.9%. Of the 238 surgeries indicated, 54.6% were phakectomies. Thirty-five (2.0%) cases were considered urgent. Conclusion: The most common diagnoses made during the team visits to manage the excess demand for eyecare were refractive errors and cataracts, which, together, accounted for the majority of the cases. The Divinolandia Hospital has the necessary human and material resources to meet the demand left unattended by the local SUS network. Immediate referral of urgent cases by the primary units' screeners proved effective.
Subject: Health services needs and demand
Waiting lists
Medical care
Primary health care
Country: Brazil
Editor: Soc Brasileira Oftalmologia
Citation: Revista Brasileira de oftalmologia. Soc Brasileira Oftalmologia, v.71, n.6, p.390-393, 2012
Rights: aberto
Date Issue: 2012
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