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Session Title: Practice Styles
Session Date/Time: Monday 07/10/2013 | 14:30-16:10
Paper Time: 14:42
Venue: Emerald (First Floor)
First Author: : L.Ong-Tone CANADA
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This was the fourth annual survey on the practice patterns of Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) members in Cataract Surgery
Regina QuAppelle Health Region, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
In January 2012 an e-mail with a link to Fluid Surveys was sent from the COS office to its 278 members who had indicated their practice focus to be cataract surgery. The survey had 30 questions. A reminder e-mail was sent 3 weeks later. Approval for the survey was obtained from the Regina Qu"Appelle Health Region Research Ethics Board. All responses were collected anonymously.
There were 84 responses (30.2%). The response rate was 20.7% in 2009, 32.5% in 2010 and 31.5% in 2011. The results of the 4 surveys were compared. There was an increase in the use of topical anaesthesia with intracameral xylocaine. There was an increase in the divide and conquer technique of phacoemulsification with a decrease in vertical and horizontal chops. Postoperatively the use of an NSAID eye drop alone stayed unchanged but there was a gradual decrease in the use of steroid eye drops alone with a corresponding increase in the use of a combination steroid and NSAID eye drops.
Over the last four years the majority of the practice patterns in cataract surgery of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society members have not changed significantly. However there were certain areas where definite trends were noted.
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