Preparation for the EUSCREEN Study: gathering data on vision and hearing screening programmes in 41 European countries

Aya Sami, Frea Sloot, Mirjana Bjeloš, Branka Stirn Kranjc, Mari Levin, Grazyna Greczka, Luc Stappaerts, Amra Nadarevic Vodencarevic, Davide Bottin, Sara McCullough, Andrea Langmann, Lotte Welinder, Veit Sturm, Huibert Simonsz

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Purpose:To examine the diversity in paediatric vision and hearing screening programmes in Europe, in preparation for the development of a comparative cost-effectiveness model.Methods:A questionnaire on vision, hearing and public health screening was developed by a focus group using literature and expert opinion. Questions were structured as multiple-choice with comments in 9 domains, including tests used, professionals involved, age and frequency, which can influence screenings cost-effectiveness. Questionnaires were sent to ophthalmologists, orthoptists and otolaryngologists in all 41 European countries. They were selected based on their expertise and involvement in paediatric screening.Results:Representatives of 18 countries have filled out the questionnaire thus far. Vision screening content is mostly decided by the Ministry of Health or Public health organisations. Prevalence’s of amblyopia and strabismus at the age of 7 range between 1.4-3.5% and 1.6-5% respectively. Screening professions varied (9); most were ophthalmologist, nurses or general practitioner. Most of them receive no additional training. Target condition was amblyopia, strabismus and refractive error. Visual acuity (VA) is measured at age 3 to 5. Thirteen different VA charts are used. Snellen chart is most used. Inspection, fixation and Fundus red reflex are the most used vision screening tests before the age of 3. Treatment for amblyopia and strabismus is available in all countries, but sometimes limited due to economic or capacity problems. Funding is mostly by health insurance or state.Conclusions:The results revealed large differences in VA charts used, professions involved in vision screening, their training, and funding sources.
LanguageEnglish
Pages671-672
JournalOphthalmic and Physiological Optics
Volume37
Issue number6
Early online date17 Oct 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Oct 2017

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Vision Screening
Hearing
Amblyopia
Strabismus
Visual Acuity
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Public Health
Vision Tests
Pediatrics
Refractive Errors
Nurse Practitioners
Expert Testimony
Health Insurance
Focus Groups
General Practitioners
Reflex
Economics
Organizations
Health
Surveys and Questionnaires

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Sami, Aya ; Sloot, Frea ; Bjeloš, Mirjana ; Stirn Kranjc, Branka ; Levin, Mari ; Greczka, Grazyna ; Stappaerts, Luc ; Nadarevic Vodencarevic, Amra ; Bottin, Davide ; McCullough, Sara ; Langmann, Andrea ; Welinder, Lotte ; Sturm, Veit ; Simonsz, Huibert. / Preparation for the EUSCREEN Study: gathering data on vision and hearing screening programmes in 41 European countries. In: Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics. 2017 ; Vol. 37, No. 6. pp. 671-672.
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Preparation for the EUSCREEN Study: gathering data on vision and hearing screening programmes in 41 European countries. / Sami, Aya; Sloot, Frea; Bjeloš, Mirjana; Stirn Kranjc, Branka; Levin, Mari; Greczka, Grazyna; Stappaerts, Luc; Nadarevic Vodencarevic, Amra; Bottin, Davide; McCullough, Sara; Langmann, Andrea; Welinder, Lotte; Sturm, Veit; Simonsz, Huibert.

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