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Looking at outcomes important to patients may improve results of cataract surgery
Date:7/29/2013

Philadelphia, Pa. (August 29, 2013) - Cataract surgery can lead to good results from a clinical standpoint yet have poor outcomes from the patient's point of view, reports a study, "Analyzing Patient-Reported Outcomes to Improve Cataract Care", appearing in the August issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

Using well-designed and validated tools to assess patient-reported outcomes can lead to new insights for improving the results of cataract care, suggests the study by Mats Lundstrm, MD, PhD, of Lund University and Ulf Stenevi, MD, PhD, of Sahlgren's University Hospital, Sweden. Their paper is part of a special theme issue on "Measuring the Patient's Perspective" in optometry research and clinical practice.

Study Compares Clinical and Patient-Reported Outcomes of Cataract Surgery

Using a nationwide registry, Drs Lundstrm and Stenevi evaluated clinical and patient-reported outcome measures in nearly 10,000 cataract surgeries performed in Sweden between 2001 and 2011. For example, a major clinical outcome measure after cataract surgery is visual acuity. But improved visual acuity may not always reflect patient ratings of change in vision from before to after the procedureespecially in performing everyday functional tasks.

Not surprisingly, a comparison of the two sets of outcomes found that patient-reported measures were affected by clinical measures. Factors affecting patient-reported outcomes included visual acuity in both the operated and nonoperated eyes, change in visual acuity in the ope
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Contact: Connie Hughes
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