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  • Finding your own way around - final accepted version May 2015

    Rights statement: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, British Journal of Visual Impairment, 33 (3), 2015, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2015 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the British Journal of Visual Impairment page: http://jvi.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/

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Finding your own way around: experiences of health and social care provision for people with a visual impairment in the United Kingdom

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2015
<mark>Journal</mark>British Journal of Visual Impairment
Issue number3
Volume33
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)200-211
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The systems of support for people with a visual impairment in the UK are complex and can be difficult to access, involving input from a range of health and social care services. In this paper we report qualitative findings from research looking at people’s experiences of accessing health and social care services. These highlight the inconsistencies and variability in existing systems of support for people with a visual impairment, and show that access to services is largely dependent on the agency and initiative of individual service users in establishing networks of support for themselves. This means that those who are less able to do this may find themselves without the support necessary to maintain or improve their quality of life. We argue that health and social care agencies need to be more proactive in addressing the support needs of people with a visual impairment beyond the point of initial diagnosis or registration.

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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, British Journal of Visual Impairment, 33 (3), 2015, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2015 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the British Journal of Visual Impairment page: http://jvi.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/