The rate of outpatient cataract surgery in ten European countries: an analysis using data from the SHARE survey

Mojon-Azzi, S M; Mojon, D S (2007). The rate of outpatient cataract surgery in ten European countries: an analysis using data from the SHARE survey. Graefe's archive for clinical and experimental ophthalmology, 245(7), pp. 1041-4. Berlin: Springer 10.1007/s00417-007-0550-4

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BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the rates of outpatient cataract surgery (ROCS) in ten European countries and to find country-specific health indicators explaining the differences. METHODS: Using data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), 251 eligible respondents were identified for which cataract surgery was the last surgical procedure. The ROCS of ten countries were compared using logistic regression. The influence of the public expenditure on health as per cent of the total expenditure on health, of the number of acute care beds per 1,000 population, and of the number of practicing physicians per 1,000 population, was studied by multiple logistic regression. Additional information was obtained from country-specific opinion leaders in the field of cataract surgery. RESULTS: The ROCS differed significantly between the ten analysed European countries where Denmark had the highest (100%) and Austria the lowest (0%) rate of day care surgery. A decrease in the density of acute care beds (p < 0.0000001) and in the density of practicing physicians (p < 0.05) and an increase in the public expenditure on health as per cent of the total health expenditure (p < 0.01) lead to an increase in the ROCS. According to the opinion leaders, regulations and financial incentives also have a strong influence on the ROCS. CONCLUSIONS: The outpatient rate of cataract surgery in the ten European countries was mainly influenced by the acute-care beds density, but also by the density of practicing physicians, and by the public expenditure on health.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Ophthalmology

UniBE Contributor:

Mojon, Daniel Stéphane

ISSN:

0721-832X

ISBN:

17318563

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:05

Last Modified:

13 Feb 2020 05:12

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00417-007-0550-4

PubMed ID:

17318563

Web of Science ID:

000247503800018

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.28258

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/28258 (FactScience: 119035)

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