Emotional well-being in people with sight loss: Lessons from the grey literature

This source preferred by Samuel Nyman

Authors: Nyman, S.R., Gosney, M.A. and Victor, C.R.

http://jvi.sagepub.com/content/28/3/175.abstract

Journal: British Journal of Visual Impairment

Volume: 28

Pages: 175-203

ISSN: 0264-6196

DOI: 10.1177/0264619610374171

Literature that is not peer-reviewed and distributed through a publisher is known as ‘grey’. As it is used to inform policy and practice we reviewed the grey literature concerning emotional well-being in people with sight loss. We consulted and searched the websites of UK voluntary organizations, and scanned reference lists of previous reviews for reports available from 2001 to 2008. We summarized 24 studies in two sections: observations that assessed psychosocial well-being or demand for support services (n = 15); and evaluations of interventions that aimed to improve emotional well-being (n = 9). Observations showed that people with sight loss can report low emotional well-being, but their statistical and clinical significance requires testing. Interventions showed promise for counselling but also require further evaluation. We encourage service providers and researchers to collaborate and produce high quality research to more persuasively inform policy and practice.

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