Visual limitations do not indicate poor quality of life: reflections by future eye care professionals

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Journal Article
Reflective Practice, 2021, pp. 1-13
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This paper describes a study analysing eye care professional students’ written reflections following their engagement with clients with low vision conditions. By embedding a reflective practice model (Schon’s reflection-in-action and reflection-on-action) within a higher education curriculum, students’ assumptions and beliefs were challenged. Analysis of fifty-two reflective essays were analysed using the Braun and Clarke’s 6-phase process for inductive thematic analysis. This generated three themes: (i) Students’ perceptions that visual limitations do not necessarily equate to a poorer quality of life; (ii) Extrinsic and intrinsic influences affect patient care; and (iii) Eye care professionals’ role expands to holistic care. An additional outcome of this study supports embedding reflective practice activities within the curriculum. By providing students with a platform to reflect and challenge their assumptions, may have the potential to enhance their understanding and improve future practice.
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