Background and objectives
As part of our mission to provide support to members, we wanted to better understand the sources of work-related stress and the scale and nature of the issue on the optical profession, so in 2016 we commissioned a research project to:
- Investigate the effects of work-related pressures on the health and wellbeing of optometrists in the UK
- Identify how the AOP could better support its members in this area
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The research was carried out by Aston University Ophthalmic Research Group on behalf of the Association of Optometrists (AOP).
It consisted of two parts: firstly, the researchers conducted in depth interviews with several optometrists working in a variety of sectors. From the feedback they received on the work place pressures, the team then prepared a questionnaire that was emailed to all eligible AOP members.
1743 members completed the survey: 73% (1280) were employees; 25% (436) were employers; and 2% were not currently working. This excellent response rate provides us with a solid basis for our findings and subsequent actions.
We would like to thank everyone who participated.