Health and social care information for visually‐impaired people

Catherine A. Beverley (Adult Social Care Directorate, Cumbria County Council, Carlisle, UK)
Peter A. Bath (Information School, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
Rosemary Barber (School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Publication date: 22 March 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the health and social care information needs of people with a visual impairment; to identify the health and social care information sources used by visually‐impaired people seeking information; to identify differences in the information needs of people with different visual impairments; to examine ways in which developments in information provision may help to meet the needs of visually impaired people.

Design/methodology/approach

In total, 28 semi‐structured interviews (face‐to‐face or telephone) were conducted with 31 visually impaired people living in or near Sheffield, UK. The participants included two groups: people with an age‐related visual impairment, and people with a visual impairment since birth or early childhood. Framework analysis was used to analyse the findings.

Findings

Four major themes were identified: health and social care information needs, sources of health and social care information, possible improvements, and “intervening variables”.

Practical implications

In this study only a small proportion of the health and social care information needs of visually impaired people were currently being met. There was minimal co‐ordination of information between the different information providers. Visually impaired people were dependent on acquiring and seeking out additional information from a wide variety of sources.

Originality/value

This paper provides new insights into the health and social care information needs of visually impaired people and their sources of information, and starts to fill gaps identified in an earlier systematic review. The paper reinforces the view that visually impaired people are a heterogeneous group, with different needs according to their visual impairments.

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Citation

Beverley, C., Bath, P. and Barber, R. (2011), "Health and social care information for visually‐impaired people", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 63 No. 2/3, pp. 256-274. https://doi.org/10.1108/00012531111135691

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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