Journal of Indira Gandhi Institute Of Medical Sciences

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49--54

A Comparative Study on Role of Grief Counselors & Trained Nurses and their Impact on Increasing and Sustaining Eye Donation in an Institutional Settings in India


Radhika Tandon1, Rajesh Harsvardhan2, Alok Ranjan3, BK Arpan Subhashish4, Anand Ranjan4 
1 Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Hospital Administration, SGPGI, Lucknow, India
3 Department of Ophthalmology, Ganesh Shankar Vidhyarthi Memorial Medical College, Kanpur, India
4 Consultant, IMARC Group

Correspondence Address:
Rajesh Harsvardhan
Head, Department of Hospital Administra on, SGPGI, Lucknow
India

The burden of corneal blindness is increasing in India and estimates currently suggest that there are 1.6 Million people suffering from the disorder. Despite being treatable, the number of corneally blind people during 2005 and 2011 has grown by 0.34 Million in India. This suggests that the treatment of corneal blindness is currently taking place much slower than its incidence. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that there is a huge mismatch between the total corneas collected and that required for transplantation. In order to increase the number of cornea collections WHO and AIIMS undertook this project to examine and evaluate how effective grief counselors can be in the collection of eyes in comparison to trained nurses. Before the project was initiated there were already 4 senior grief counselors working with the national eye bank. The project involved appointing 5 additional junior grief counselors to analyze their impact in cornea collection. During July-November 2011, it was found that the number of cornea collections were directly proportional to the number of grief counselors. Results also suggested that the significance of grief counselors in cornea collections was more than that of hospital staff. This can be attributed to the fact that grief counselors are appointed specifically for cornea collection while hospital staff can only spend a limited time on counseling for cornea collection.


How to cite this article:
Tandon R, Harsvardhan R, Ranjan A, Arpan Subhashish B K, Ranjan A. A Comparative Study on Role of Grief Counselors & Trained Nurses and their Impact on Increasing and Sustaining Eye Donation in an Institutional Settings in India.J Indira Gandhi Inst Med Sci 2019;5:49-54


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Tandon R, Harsvardhan R, Ranjan A, Arpan Subhashish B K, Ranjan A. A Comparative Study on Role of Grief Counselors & Trained Nurses and their Impact on Increasing and Sustaining Eye Donation in an Institutional Settings in India. J Indira Gandhi Inst Med Sci [serial online] 2019 [cited 2021 Nov 28 ];5:49-54
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