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Whole system care and social inclusion of people with sight loss: implications of key research for policy and service development

John Percival (Research Officer in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)

Journal of Integrated Care

ISSN: 1476-9018

Article publication date: 10 October 2011




This paper seeks to provide a distillation of key research on the health and social care needs arising in the lives of people with sight loss and aims to inform the development of appropriate and integrated services and strategies that effectively meet those needs.


The body of research examined in this paper constitutes a purposeful review of the most recently published and relevant non‐clinical studies in respect of the needs and aspirations of people with sight loss.


Research highlights the emotional and psychological consequences of sight loss and reveals a range of factors that affect their independence and self esteem, household and family responsibilities, employment and financial status, housing options and neighbourhood access, and how these factors impact on social inclusion.

Social implications

Implications of the studies are discussed, particularly in relation to ways in which relevant service providers may cooperate and engage in creative partnerships that promote greater equality and social inclusion of people with visual impairment.


The paper provides a strong and timely argument for greater public policy attention to the demographic context and cost implications of an increasing population of people with sight loss, and in so doing is of value to professionals working across independent, state and third sector agencies, and their efforts to engage in collaborative and strategic working relationships as well as fruitful partnerships with service users themselves.



Percival, J. (2011), "Whole system care and social inclusion of people with sight loss: implications of key research for policy and service development", Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 19 No. 5, pp. 47-57.



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