Table 1

Response rates

Type of providerNumber of postal questionnaires sentPostal responseTelephone responseOverall responses
HED = hospitals with eye departments; SSD = social services/social work departments; VO = local societies/voluntary organisations for people with visual impairment; OP = opticians/optometry practices; ST = specialist teachers, UC = universities/colleges with optometry/optical dispensing courses.
HED277223 (81%)54 (19%)277 (100%)
SSD177146 (82%)31 (18%)177 (100%)
VO190148 (78%)42 (22%)190 (100%)
OP1683960 (57%)130 (8%)1090 (65%)
ST205196 (96%)9 (4%)205 (100%)
UC66 (100%)0 (0%)6 (100%)
Not specified10 (0%)0 (0%)0 (0%)
Total25391679 (66%)266 (11%)1945 (77%)