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Experiences with developing and implementing a virtual clinic for glaucoma care in an NHS setting

Overview of attention for article published in Clinical Ophthalmology, October 2015
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  • Good Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (71st percentile)

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Title
Experiences with developing and implementing a virtual clinic for glaucoma care in an NHS setting
Published in
Clinical Ophthalmology, October 2015
DOI 10.2147/opth.s92409
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Authors

Aachal Kotecha, John Brookes, Paul Foster, Alex Baldwin

Abstract

This article describes the development of a virtual glaucoma clinic, whereby technicians collect information for remote review by a consultant specialist. This was a hospital-based service evaluation study. Patients suitable for the stable monitoring service (SMS) were low-risk patients with "suspect", "early"-to-"moderate" glaucoma who were deemed stable by their consultant care team. Three technicians and one health care assistant ran the service. Patients underwent tests in a streamlined manner in a dedicated clinical facility, with virtual review of data by a consultant specialist through an electronic patient record. Feasibility of developing a novel service within a UK National Health Service setting and improvement of patient journey time within the service were studied. Challenges to implementation of virtual clinic include staffing issues and use of information technology. Patient journey time within the SMS averaged 51 minutes, compared with 92 minutes in the glaucoma outpatient department. Patient satisfaction with the new service was high. Implementing innovation into existing services of the National Health Service is challenging. However, the virtual clinic showed an improved patient journey time compared with that experienced within the general glaucoma outpatient department. There exists a discrepancy between patient management decisions of reviewers, suggesting that some may be more risk averse than others when managing patients seen within this model. Future work will assess the ability to detect progression of disease in this model compared with the general outpatient model of care.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 77 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 12 16%
Other 8 10%
Student > Bachelor 8 10%
Researcher 7 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 5%
Other 16 21%
Unknown 22 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 27 35%
Nursing and Health Professions 9 12%
Psychology 4 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 4%
Neuroscience 1 1%
Other 8 10%
Unknown 25 32%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 3. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 30 October 2016.
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#9,427,495
of 17,475,439 outputs
Outputs from Clinical Ophthalmology
#628
of 2,526 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#103,306
of 260,131 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Clinical Ophthalmology
#20
of 82 outputs
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