[Adapted and Standardised Patient Management in the Treatment of Neovascular AMD in the Outpatient Setting of a University Eye Hospital.]

Framme, C; Wolf-Schnurrbusch, U E K; Lobsiger, H; Bayer, S; Wolf, S (2012). [Adapted and Standardised Patient Management in the Treatment of Neovascular AMD in the Outpatient Setting of a University Eye Hospital.]. Klinische Monatsblätter für Augenheilkunde, 229(8), pp. 812-21. Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke Verlag 10.1055/s-0031-1299405

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Visual results in treating neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) using intravitreal injected anti-VEGF (IVT) clearly depend on injection frequency. Regarding to the European approval Ranibizumab has to be used only in cases of recurrent visual loss after the loading phase. In contrast monthly treatment--as also provided in the ANCHOR and MARINA studies--is generally allowed in Switzerland. However, it is commonly tried to reduce the injection frequency because of the particular cost situation in all health systems and of cause also due to the necessary strict monitoring and reinjection regimes, which raise management problems with increasing patient numbers. In this article the special treatment regimes of our University Eye Hospital is presented, in which a reduced injection frequency basically leads to the same increased and stable visual results as in ANCHOR and MARINA; however, needing significantly more injections as generally provided in other countries of Europe. The main focus for achieving this in a large number of patients is placed on re-structuring our outpatient flow for IVT patients with particular emphasis on patient separation and standardisation of treatment steps leading to significantly reduced time consumption per patient. Measurements of timing and patient satisfaction before and after restructuring underline its importance in order to be able to treat more patients at a high quality even in the future. The exceptional importance of spectral domain OCT measurements as the most important criterium for indicating re-treatment is illustrated.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Ophthalmology

UniBE Contributor:

Framme, Carsten Karl Josef; Wolf-Schnurrbusch, Ute and Wolf, Sebastian

ISSN:

0023-2165

Publisher:

Ferdinand Enke Verlag

Language:

German

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:22

Last Modified:

06 Dec 2013 13:28

Publisher DOI:

10.1055/s-0031-1299405

PubMed ID:

22615063

Web of Science ID:

000307802200022

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/7550 (FactScience: 212838)

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