ABSTRACT NUMBER - 14

ENCOURAGING EYE DONATION THROUGH A SMARTPHONE APPLICATION (APP) BASED SYSTEM: THE “EYE DONOR OZ®” APP


Waraporn Amy Chumkasian

Meeting:  2018 RANZCO


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Session Title: POSTER ABSTRACT- Cornea

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Purpose: To develop a smartphone application (app) to improve eye donation registration rates among people in Australia.
Methods: A systematic review was undertaking using the PRISMA guidelines to investigate the knowledge and attitudes of adults towards eye donation and to evaluate the characteristics of eye donation apps used in other countries. In addition
6 smartphone platforms were searched to identify any apps developed for eye donation.
Results: The results from 18 studies demonstrated poor knowledge relating to corneal donation. Will- ingness to donate was associated with older people and those with good basic knowledge of corneal donation. Eight apps relating to eye donation were identified. Seven of which provided information about anatomy of the eye, Four apps addressed mis- conceptions and One app had facilities to inform the next of kin. Based on these findings and in consulta- tion with experts an app called the Eye Donor Oz® has been developed.
Conclusions: There is an urgent need to evaluate the effectiveness of the Eye Donor Oz® app on the eye donation rates in Australia.

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