The role of primary healthcare in the management of work-related DED in the Netherlands

Authors Mirjam van Tilborg
Publication date 12 September 2017
Research groups Technology for Healthcare Innovations
Type Doctoral Thesis

Summary

Dry eye disease (DED), and especially work-related dry eye, has an increasing incidence, and is expected to become a significant public health problem, with the increasing age until retirement, and the effect of the modern, digital, working environment causing higher visual demands. The indoor environment and more demanding, eye-related tasks, are risks factors for the development of dry eye symptoms, leading to DED at these workplaces. The current management for diagnosed DED is strongly pharmaceutical-based, and research looking at solutions towards better functioning and well-being of DED patients is rare. There is also a lack of evidence about the role of healthcare professionals in DED management. This PhD looks at: the prevalence of DED in office workers; the environmental factors involved; the negative aspects on quality of life experience; the attitude of healthcare professionals to DED management; the care given by the primary healthcare professionals; and the needs for a healthcare pathway for DED.

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Language English
Key words droge ogen, arbeidsomstandigheden, gezondheidszorg

Mirjam van Tilborg

Mirjam van Tilborg | Researcher | Research group Technology for healthcare innovations

Mirjam van Tilborg

  • Researcher
  • Research group: Technology for Healthcare Innovations