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10 - 14 Sept. 2016, Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

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A Canadian perspective on the use of mobile technology in educating cataract surgery patients

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Session Details

Session Title: Presented Poster Session: Training and Innovation in Education/Quality of Vision Evaluation

Session Date/Time: Monday 12/09/2016 | 09:30-11:00

Paper Time: 10:40

Venue: Poster Village: Pod 3

First Author: : H.Dang CANADA

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Abstract Details

Purpose:

To assess the effectiveness of the iOphthalmology mobile application in enhancing patients’ knowledge and satisfaction of cataract surgery in Toronto, Canada.

Setting:

To improve patient knowledge on surgical procedures, we developed the iOphthalmology mobile application in Toronto, Canada in 2014. This application is currently available for no cost on the Google Play digital distribution platform in Android devices including smartphones and tablets.

Methods:

Following patient consent, we administered a survey to 77 patients who were undergoing cataract surgery for the first time with no previous ocular pathology. The following factors were assessed: knowledge of cataract surgery, perceived outcome of surgery, decisional conflict level, uncertainty level, occupation, age, highest education level, Ontario Health Insurance Plan status, and literacy status. After using the application, we measured the overall satisfaction by all patients.

Results:

Both decisional conflict levels and cataract surgery knowledge levels significantly improved after using the application (mean difference +7.1, p=0.02 and +3.4, p<0.01, respectively). Multiple regression analysis revealed that illiteracy in English and decisional conflict level to be critical factors in the degree to which the application increased patients’ knowledge on cataract surgery (β=3.1, p<0.003 for literacy level, and β=2.0, p=0.01 for decisional conflict). 71 of 77 (92.2%) patients were satisfied with the mobile application. Patient satisfaction score was significantly correlated with the overall change in patients’ knowledge of cataract surgery score (correlation coefficient: 0.31, p=0.01).

Conclusions:

The iOphthalmology mobile application for Android devices is effective in enhancing patient’s knowledge regarding cataract surgery, and in decreasing their anxiety in their decision to proceed with cataract extraction surgery. This open-source mobile application is available for patients who have access to a smartphone or tablet and can potentially benefit patients who may have restricted access to healthcare including patients in countries with low literacy rates.

Financial Disclosure:

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