Only eye study 2 (OnES 2): 'Am I going to be able to see when the patch comes off?' A qualitative study of patient experiences of undergoing high-stakes only eye surgery.

Jones, Lee, Taylor, Deanna J, Sii, Freda, Masood, Imran, Crabb, David P and Shah, Peter (2020) Only eye study 2 (OnES 2): 'Am I going to be able to see when the patch comes off?' A qualitative study of patient experiences of undergoing high-stakes only eye surgery. BMJ open, 10 (11). e038916. ISSN 2044-6055.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES

Ocular surgery is a source of significant concern for many patients, especially in high-stakes circumstances. The purpose of this study was to explore patient experiences of undergoing surgery on their only-seeing eye.

DESIGN

A qualitative investigation using semistructured face-to-face interviews. Transcripts were analysed using thematic analysis.

SETTING

Hospital eye service in the UK.

PARTICIPANTS

Twelve participants with a diagnosis of glaucoma with worse eye visual acuity <3/60± end-stage visual field loss. All participants had experience of undergoing surgery on their better-seeing (ie, 'only') eye.

RESULTS

Data were coded into three key themes relating to (1) emotional impact of surgery, (2) burden of visual loss and (3) coping with surgery. Patients reported depressive symptoms at all stages of their surgical journey; concern about poor visual outcomes was a common feature. Only eye surgery imposes an emotional burden due to the uncertainty regarding individuals' ability to continue daily activities and maintaining social roles. Burden extended to the inconvenience of frequent hospital visits and difficulties with follow-up care. Participants' ability to cope effectively with surgery appeared to be linked to extent of support from healthcare professionals. Key areas in developing trust and support were an open and transparent dialogue between surgeons and patients, continuity of care, patient inclusion in decision-making, and observable empathy.

CONCLUSIONS

The findings indicate a need for an enhanced model of care in only eye surgery to better target patient preferences and allay concerns inherent with these procedures.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WW Eyes. Ophthalmology
Divisions: Ambulatory Care > Ophthalmology
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Depositing User: Mr Philip O'Reilly
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2020 15:30
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2020 15:30
URI: http://www.repository.uhblibrary.co.uk/id/eprint/3689

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