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Age-related macular degeneration patients' awareness of nutritional factors

Stevens, Rebekah; Bartlett, Hannah; Walsh, Rachel; Cooke, Richard

Authors

Hannah Bartlett

Rachel Walsh

Richard Cooke



Abstract

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of visual impairment in older adults in the United Kingdom. This study sought to characterise AMD patients who seek the services of the Macular Society, and determine the level and source of their dietary knowledge. A questionnaire was designed, validated, and administered to 158 participants. The questions covered demographic data and knowledge of nutrition and supplementation. The mean age of participants was 79 years; 61% of them were female, and 27% were registered visually impaired. Only 55% of the participants thought diet was important for eye health, 63% felt that they had not received enough information about AMD. The participants reported that their information mainly came from non-professional support groups. Most participants identified healthy food, but could not say why, and were not able to identify carotenoid rich foods. The results of the study will inform design of education and dissemination methods regarding dietary information. © The Author(s) 2014.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal British Journal of Visual Impairment
Print ISSN 0264-6196
Electronic ISSN 1744-5809
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 2
Pages 77-93
APA6 Citation Stevens, R., Bartlett, H., Walsh, R., & Cooke, R. (2014). Age-related macular degeneration patients' awareness of nutritional factors. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 32(2), 77-93. https://doi.org/10.1177/0264619613519341
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0264619613519341
Keywords age-related macular degeneration, diet, lifestyle factors, nutrition, survey
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0264619613519341
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