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Concept: University of Utah


Reports of family satisfaction with pediatric palliative care have been limited. This knowledge is critical for both program development and furthering understanding of needs. The purpose of this study was to assess parents' perceptions about whether a pediatric palliative care program was providing key elements of pediatric palliative care as described in the literature and to assess parental satisfaction with services. Data were collected from 65 parents, using a tool developed for the project, whose children died while receiving services from Rainbow Kids Palliative Care, a program of Primary Children’s Medical Center, and the Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Respondents reported that the Rainbow Kids team had provided emotional support, helped with decision making and communication, and that their children’s symptoms were managed. Furthermore, parent respondents expressed high levels of satisfaction with services from the Rainbow Kids team.

Concepts: Parent, Great Salt Lake, Utah, Salt Lake City, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, University of Utah, Pioneer Theatre Company, Fort Douglas, Utah


PURPOSE: To select a normal post-cataract-surgery cohort, determine visual quality parameters, and compare these parameters with self-reported satisfaction and visual function. SETTING: John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. METHODS: A cohort of pseudophakic patients was selected based on uneventful surgery, good corrected visual acuity (no worse than logMAR 0.02), and lack of ocular complaints or pathology including dry-eye syndrome or posterior capsule opacification. A single-piece high-refractive-index acrylic intraocular lens, age 50 or older, and at least 1 year out from surgery were other inclusion criteria. Testing included logMAR corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), mesopic 10% contrast logMAR CDVA with and without glare, straylight determination, Rasch-modified National Eye Institute Visual Function questionnaire 11R (NEI VF-11R), custom pseudophakic dysphotopsia survey, and overall satisfaction question. Correlations were determined between these parameters. RESULTS: Of the 2953 patients considered, 70 patients met all criteria, provided consent, and enrolled. Only pseudophakic dysphotopsia (r = -0.60; P<.0001) and the NEI VF-11R (r = -0.44; P<.0001) correlated with overall satisfaction. In addition, pseudophakic dysphotopsia correlated with the NEI VF-11R (r = 0.58; P<.0001). CONCLUSIONS: When evaluating a highly controlled population with expected high satisfaction after cataract surgery, pseudophakic dysphotopsia was clearly the only significant dissatisfier. Furthermore, dysphotopsia highly correlated with the NEI VF-11R questionnaire; thus, symptoms of dysphotopsia are also seen to have functional significance. A shortened NEI VFQ survey and satisfaction correlated strongly with the full survey. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Dr. Olson has been a consultant to Abbott Medical Optics, Inc., Becton, Dickinson and Co., and Allergan, Inc. He has received grant support from Abbott Medical Optics, Inc., and Allergan, Inc. No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned.

Concepts: Cohort study, Visual acuity, Ophthalmology, Correlation and dependence, Intraocular lens, Cataract, Salt Lake City, University of Utah