Treatment satisfaction of patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration receiving antiangiogenic therapy

Written by Bobykin E.V., Korotkikh S.A., Nerus I.A., Morozova O.V.

  UDK: 617.736–085.216.84–071.1 | DOI: 10.17238/PmJ1609-1175.2019.2.14–18 | Pages: 14–18 | Full text PDF | Open PDF 


Objective: clinical testing of original ophthalmologic survey to assess treatment satisfaction (TS) in patients getting antiangiogenic therapy for neovascular macular diseases.
Methods. Tested group consisted of 38 people (31 women, 9 men) aged from 51 to 93 y.o. with neovascular age-related macular degeneration, they got antiangiogenic therapy (ranibizumab, aflibercept). Ptients were divided into subgroups with high (n=20) and low (n=18) compliance levels. We conducted a single survey with a questionnaire which included standard validated questionnaire on treatment satisfaction in macular diseases (MacTSQ) and questions assessing aspects of antiangiogenic therapy composed by authors.
Results. We determined significant direct correlation between and high level of compliance, and patients with high level of treatment adherence were more willing to return to therapy and were less dependent on outside help. The survey took 7 minutes in average. Despite elderly age patients did not struggle with understanding of questions and answering them.
Conclusions. We developed a method of TS level detection in patients with macular pathology who received antiangiogenic therapy. The method is based on scoring the answers to survey questions. The analysis of survey results can contribute to effectiveness of the therapy due to customized dosing schedule.

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E.V. Bobykin, S.A. Korotkikh, I.A. Nerus, O.V. Morozova
Ural State Medical University (3 Repina St. Yekaterinburg 620014 Russian Federation)

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