The UK Eye Care Services Study was commissioned by the College of Optometrists to investigate the organisation of eye care services in the UK. The study comprised of two phases:
- Phase 1 was a systematic review of the literature (Hawley et al, 2011)
- Phase 2 was a survey of the organisation of eye care services in one geographical region, the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority (WMSHA).
The Phase 2 survey was intended as a pilot survey to test methods of data collection relating to the organisation and delivery of eye healthcare. Accordingly, several different methods of data collection were used: interviews, focus groups, discussion groups and a questionnaire. This pilot survey was carried out to inform the design and development of a third phase, which would be to study the organisation of eye care services throughout the UK.