Presenter Information

Emily MinneciFollow

Major

Nursing

Anticipated Graduation Year

2020

Access Type

Open Access

Abstract

The objective of this project is to describe the healthcare needs and experiences of legally blind adults. There are more than 3.4 million Americans, forty years and older, that are visually impaired. Evidence shows that legally blind older adults are more likely to have medical problems than sighted older adults. This study utilizes a qualitative design using in-depth interviews. Four participants were recruited through social networks. Interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Text was analyzed for recurrent themes and ideas. Themes found include a loss of self-dignity, safety and quality issues, and the importance of disability competent care and empowerment.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Dr. Jorgia Connor, Director of 4 Year BSN Program, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

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Exploring the Healthcare Needs and Experiences of Legally Blind Adults

The objective of this project is to describe the healthcare needs and experiences of legally blind adults. There are more than 3.4 million Americans, forty years and older, that are visually impaired. Evidence shows that legally blind older adults are more likely to have medical problems than sighted older adults. This study utilizes a qualitative design using in-depth interviews. Four participants were recruited through social networks. Interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Text was analyzed for recurrent themes and ideas. Themes found include a loss of self-dignity, safety and quality issues, and the importance of disability competent care and empowerment.