Work time estimates for ophthalmic diagnoses and procedures. Results from the Eye Care Workforce Study.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: To provide estimates of patient-level annual ophthalmologist work times for the care of common ophthalmic conditions and patient-level global surgical care time for common or important ophthalmic procedures. METHODS: A random sample of the domestic membership (excluding members-in-training) of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, stratified by self-designated practice concentration, was surveyed in 1994 to provide estimates of work times for common ophthalmic services. RESULTS: Comprehensive and subspecialty-specific results were obtained for ophthalmic diagnoses, services, and surgical procedures. For ophthalmic diagnoses and services, initial and follow-up visit work times are reported for comprehensive and subspecialty ophthalmologists separately. For common surgical procedures, aggregate results based on comprehensive and subspecialist survey responses are reported. CONCLUSIONS: These ophthalmology-specific survey results can be used for a variety of purposes, including practice management, "benchmarking," health plan administration and national workforce planning. Such surveys should be repeated as techniques and practice patterns change over time.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jackson, CA; Brown, JA; Relles, DA; Lee, PP

Published Date

  • July 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 116 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 922 - 928

PubMed ID

  • 9682707

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-9950

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/archopht.116.7.922


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States