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3. MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES, Ophthalmology
Purpose: Ophthalmic technicians (OT) work at health facilities in Mozambique and are trained to provide primary and secondary eye care services including basic refraction. This study was designed to assess OT competence and confidence in refraction, and investigate whether an upskilling programme is effective in developing their competence and confidence at refraction. Methods: Thirty-one trainee OTs and 16 qualified OTs were recruited to the study. A background questionnaire was administered to determine the demographic profile of the OTs. A confidence levels questionnaire explored their self-reported skills.
Loughman J. et al (2015). Evaluations of refraction competencies of ophthalmic technicians in Mozambique. J. Optom. Feb 5. pii: S1888-4296(15)00004-7. doi: 10.1016/j.optom.2015.01.003. [Epub ahead of print]