Low Vision Services in Denmark: Mapping the Current State

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Abstract

Background/Introduction
Low vision services in Denmark have previous been located in the counties, with the main task to advise and teach the visually impaired to live with his or her disability. However, during the last decade, structural changes and emerging rehabilitative and recovery based approaches have resulted in a great diversity in the field.

Purpose

The objective of this study is to get an understanding of the current picture of low vision services in Denmark, including aspects of importance when assessing the diversity of the field as a whole.

Method

From May to September 2019, 24 low vision centres were contacted, and all participated in a telephone interview on the organisation, affiliation and appropriation structure; the professional background of the low vision consultants (LVC) and their practices concerning lighting assessments. In all 30 interviews of 20‐60 minutes were conducted, and based on notes and transcriptions, these were thematically categorised and analysed.

Perspectives

The size and catchment area of the 24 centres range from 1 to 22 LVC’s, from 1 to 18 municipalities, and 2 of the centres were national. The professional background of the 144 LVC’s: occupational therapists (51), teachers (45), social educators (28) and the remaining 20 LVC’s represented 10 additional professions. The practices of lighting assessments showed diversity of methods, proportions, facilities and aids, and not at least the degree of rehabilitative or recovery based approach in the assessment. The mapping show huge diversity across the organisational structure and configuration of professionals, which eventually effects the actual low vision service offered to the citizens. Important aspects addressed in the interviews were the role of the allocation structure in the services, collegial cooperation and sharing of knowledge across the professional network, especially concerning practice knowledge on specific work functions such as the lighting assessments and their role in rehabilitation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAbstract Book: Rehabilitation International World Congress
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationAarhus
PublisherRehabilitation International World Congress
Publication date7 Sep 2021
Pages24
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2021
Event24th Rehabilitation World Congress 2021 - Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 7 Sep 20219 Sep 2021
Conference number: 24
https://www.riworldcongress2021.com/

Conference

Conference24th Rehabilitation World Congress 2021
Number24
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityAarhus
Period07/09/202109/09/2021
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