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[This article belongs to Volume - 25, Issue - 06]

Qualitative study of eye care practitioners ' perceived barriers and facilitators in Al Buraimi, Oman during COVID-19

Healthcare workers from various disciplines responsible for managing COVID-19 have emphasized the negative psychological effects of being in at-risk situations. To identify COVID-19 related barriers and facilitators for ophthalmic practice among Eye Care Practitioners in Al Buraimi, Oman. Eye Health Centers, Al Buraimi, Sultanate of Oman. This qualitative study explored the personal physical and psychological barriers and facilitators of eye care practitioners tackling COVID 19. Ten in-depth, face-to-face interviews were conducted with practitioners from two governmental clinical and one private optical organization from Al Buraimi. NVivo V.10 software was used to analyze the transcribed data and identify themes. All the eye care practitioners were satisfied with the general protective equipment’s provided by the organization. 90 % of the practitioners received training at the early stage of the pandemic and were satisfied with the received training and were willing to practice during future pandemic. 20% of the practitioners had concern for the possible infection spread to their family members due to them. 80% support implementation of teleophthalmology for future pandemic. Compensatory leaves, instead of renumeration or recognition within community events, can be considered a motivating factor for their contribution during future pandemics. All eye care practitioners were satisfied with the general protective equipment provided by the organization. 20% of the practitioners were concerned about the possible spread of the infection to their family members due to them.