Comm Eye Health Vol. 35 No. 117 2022. Published online 30 January, 2023

Why does research matter?

A male health worker wearing a mask writes down notes with a a biro onto a pad of paper. He is standing in front of a female health worker who is also wearing a mask.
A research coordinator collecting data from a health extension worker. ETHIOPIA © Natnael Kokeb CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

The mention of ‘research’ can be off-putting and may seem irrelevant in the busy environment of a clinic or hospital. However, research is central to all aspects of eye care delivery, both inside and outside the clinic. A working knowledge of research – both how it is done, and how it can be used – is important for everyone involved in direct patient care and the planning & delivery of eye programmes. We hope this issue will inspire you to learn more and perhaps even get involved.

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