Summary of Research Results: Chankrit Sethi

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.

Chankrit Sethi, "Understanding Barriers to Care for Family Members of Patients Who Seek Treatment in Orissa, India"

This study aims to identify barriers to care for people living in Orissa, India. Data was collected from 104 patients participating in Kalinga Eye Hospital’s eye outreaches during the summer of 2011. Among participants and their families, eye problems were common, but formal eye care was not pervasive: 67.3% of people reported that a family member had suffered eye problems, but only 42.3% reported that a family member had received an eye exam. This data indicates that barriers to care exist in the surrounding communities. Responses suggest that conflicts with work and school explain why more people do not attend outreach events. Further exploring and addressing these barriers should increase access to eye care in Orissa.