Evaluating Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Eye Care Practitioners and People with AMD and their Carers regarding Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Modifiable factors such as smoking and lifestyle (e.g. high glycaemic index diet or low intake of antioxidants) are known to increase the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and the speed at which the disease progresses. Clear, evidence-based recommendations for people with or at risk of AMD have existed for some time. Yet, self-reported practices suggest that eye care practitioners’ advice and adherence to these recommendations in people with AMD can be very poor. To address this problem, this project will explore the knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) of eye care practitioners and people with AMD and their carers.

The KAP questionnaires will be designed based on a thorough literature review. The KAP questionnaires will be administered to optometrists, ophthalmologists, people with AMD, and their carers. Overall KAP score and individual domain scores of AMD knowledge, attitude and practice will be summarised using descriptive statistics. Multivariable logistic regression analysis will be performed to assess the effect of factors such as profession (optometrists, ophthalmologist), age, gender, location, AMD stage, etc. on the overall and sub-domain KAP scores of eye care practitioners, people with AMD and their carers.

This project suits students wishing deepen their knowledge and understanding of appropriate AMD care.

For more information, email Associate Professor Bamini Gopinath: bamini.gopinath@sydney.edu.au