Summary of Research Results: Amanda Lam

Unite For Sight Global Impact Fellow volunteers frequently pursue public health research studies in Unite For Sight's Global Impact Lab program. The research topics are developed by Unite For Sight and the partner eye clinics, the research studies are approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB), and the research findings are submitted to the eye clinic partners for program development.

Amanda Lam, "Poverty Level of Outreach Versus Private Paying Patients who Receive Care From AB Eye Institute in Bihar, India"

This study aimed to determine the differences in the patient populations between private (paying) patients, and UFS-sponsored patients in Bihar, India. This study was conducted during July 1-10, 2013 at AB Eye Institute. 60 patients were surveyed, of which two were excluded from analysis due to missing data. Of the remaining 58 patients, 30 were private patients, and 28 were UFS-sponsored, meaning that the patients’ cataract surgery and associated care are funded by Unite For Sight. Participants were asked a series of ten questions related to socioeconomic background, and those responses were used to calculate a poverty score out of 100 points, with 0 suggesting a high likelihood of poverty and 100 suggesting a low likelihood of poverty. The average score for private patients was 52, while the average for UFS-sponsored patients was 42.5. A t-test revealed that the difference in poverty score for the two groups was significant (p<0.05).