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The Effectiveness of Cataract Surgery in 20 Countries

Posted on May 2, 2017

A study analyzing datasets from 20 countries during the period 2005 and 2013 found that only 53.7% of people needing cataract surgery have actually received surgery, and among those, approximately one-third were still not able to see well after their procedure.

Reported in the March 1 issue of PLOS ONE, “Effective Cataract Surgical Coverage: An Indictor for Measuring Quality-of-Care in the Context of Universal Health Coverage,” by Dr. Jacqueline Ramke and co-authors promotes the use of a new indicator, “effective cataract surgical coverage” (eCSC), which combines data for those who received surgery, known as cataract surgical coverage (CSC), with data on visual acuity outcomes, classified using World Health Organization standards.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is at the heart of the United Nation’s goal for health in the Sustainable Development Goals. Both CSC and eCSC are indicators that can meet the rigorous standards expected for UHC monitoring.

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