Purpose To compare two organisational models of management for patients with cataract referred to a peripheral ophthalmic clinic who underwent day-surgery at a main eye hospital.
Method Patients were randomised into two groups.
The experimental group (n=25) received pre-operative assessment by a trained ophthalmic nurse at the peripheral clinic immediately following diagnosis of cataract and diary-booking for surgery.
The control group (n=24) received a separate appointment for pre-operative assessment at the main hospital.
For all patients, the first review appointment (3 or 5 days post-operatively) and all subsequent review was at the peripheral clinic.
Outcome measures included :
Visual acuity, subjective visual function (VF-14), anxiety and depression (HADS), semi-structured interviews to ascertain patient satisfaction, and a cost-benefit analysis.
Results There were no significant differences at any time between the experimental and control groups with respect to visual acuity, subjective visual function or anxiety and depression.
The experimental model was found to be more cost-effective and provided a less fragmented means of care delivery.
The majority of patients in both groups expressed satisfaction with their care but, overall, the experimental model was preferred.
Conclusions Nurse-led pre-operative assessment of patients with cataract at a peripheral ophthalmic clinic is safe, cost-effective and is preferred by patients.
Mots-clés Pascal : Cataracte, Traitement, Chirurgie, Hôpital jour, Analyse avantage coût, Organisation santé, Homme, Oeil pathologie, Cristallin pathologie, Segment antérieur pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Cataract, Treatment, Surgery, Day hospital, Cost benefit analysis, Public health organization, Human, Eye disease, Lens disease, Anterior segment disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0201532
Code Inist : 002B25B. Création : 16/11/1999.