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Development of a novel tool for patient-reported outcomes after cataract surgery in a contemporary private hospital group setting

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First Author: C.O'Donnell UK

Co Author(s):    J. Dermott   A. Hartwig                 

Abstract Details

Purpose:

To describe the development of an electronically administered questionnaire to obtain patient reported outcomes information after cataract surgery. To examine the feasibility and practical relevance of the use of the tool in a private hospital group setting and report the results obtained.

Setting:

Optegra UK

Methods:

Questionnaires were self-administered by patients at or soon after their final discharge visit. The questionnaire responses were stored in secure software on the cloud and administered via an internet-connected tablet or via a paper-based tool. The outcome measures were responses relating to satisfaction with vision, whether treatment was comfortable, ability to carry out normal activities a few days after treatment, willingness to recommend, improved quality of life and overall satisfaction.

Results:

Responses were obtained from 1,225 cataract surgery patients. The average time taken to obtain the responses was 195 seconds. The proportion of patients who strongly agreed/agreed with the statement �â�€�œI am satisfied with my distance vision�â�€� was 97%. The proportion who strongly agreed/agreed with the statement �â�€�œI am satisfied with the outcome of my treatment�â�€� was 97%. For �â�€�œtreatment was comfortable�â�€� it was 98%, for �â�€�œI was able to carry out normal activities within a few days' was 95%, �â�€�œwillingness to recommend�â�€� was 98%, �â�€�œimproved quality of life�â�€� was 93% and �â�€�œoverall satisfaction with the procedure' was 97%.

Conclusions:

This questionnaire appears to obtain pertinent information regarding patient reported outcomes in a simple and efficient manner. In a busy hospital group setting, administration of a prolonged questionnaire can impact upon the patient journey but the compact and efficient nature of the electronic tablet tool means that a large amount of data may be obtained and processed quickly and with ease. Results have been collated and shared with treating surgeons for appraisal purposes. Satisfaction with monofocal intraocular lens implantation was reported to be at a high level. Validation of the tool is ongoing.

Financial Disclosure:

NONE

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