Ophthalmology Consultation for Emergency Care at a University Hospital

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Maria A. Woodward, MD, MSc Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences W. K. Kellogg Eye Center Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Woodward

Maria A. Woodward, MD, MSc
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
W. K. Kellogg Eye Center
Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? 

Response: Many people go to emergency departments seeking care for their eye problems. We wished to investigate which factors are associated with the involvement of ophthalmologist consultants in the care of these patients and whether any disparities exist. 

MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings? What should readers take away from your report? 

Response: We found that ophthalmology specialists were consulted for management of almost 40% of patients with eye problems in the University of Michigan adult emergency department. Black patients and those who preferred a non-English language were less likely to have an ophthalmology consult.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response: Future research could include investigation of the types of eye symptoms and complaints that bring people to emergency departments and how those complaints are associated with the likelihood of receiving an ophthalmology consultation. Of note, the associations we found do not prove a causative relationship. 

The authors have no conflicts of interest or disclosures related to the work. 

Citations: 

Wang SY, Hamid MS, Musch DC, Woodward MA. Utilization of Ophthalmologist Consultation for Emergency Care at a University Hospital. JAMA Ophthalmol. Published online March 15, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.0250 

 

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