Purpose: Comparing the quality of care provided by a hospitalbased shared care glaucoma follow-up unit with care as usual. Patients and Methods: This randomized controlled trial included stable glaucoma patients and patients at risk for developing glaucoma. Patients in the Usual Care group (n=410) were seen by glaucoma specialists. In the glaucoma follow-up unit group (n=405), patients visited the glaucoma follow-up unit twice followed by a visit to a glaucoma specialist. The main outcome measures were: compliance to the working protocol by glaucoma follow-up unit employees; difference in intraocular pressure between baseline and at ≥18 months; and patient satisfaction. Results: Glaucoma follow-up unit employees closely adhered to the working protocol for the measurement of intraocular pressure, visual acuity and GDx (≥97.5% of all visits). Humphrey Field Analyzer examinations were not performed as frequently as prescribed by the working protocol, but more often than in the Usual Care group. In a small minority of patients that required backreferral, the protocol was disregarded, notably when criteria were only slightly exceeded. There was no statistically significant difference in changes in intraocular pressure between the 2 treatment groups (P=0.854). Patients were slightly more satisfied with the glaucoma follow-up unit employees than with the glaucoma specialists (scores: 8.56 vs. 8.40; P=0.006). Conclusions: In general, the hospital-based shared care glaucoma follow-up closely observed its working protocol and patients preferred it slightly over the usual care provided by medical doctors. The glaucoma follow-up unit operated satisfactorily and might serve as a model for shared care strategies elsewhere.

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doi.org/10.1097/IJG.0000000000000335, hdl.handle.net/1765/87512
Journal of Glaucoma
Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)

Holtzer-Goor, K. M., van Vliet, E., van Sprundel, E., Plochg, T., Koopmanschap, M., Klazinga, N., & Lemij, H. (2016). Shared care in monitoring stable glaucoma patients: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Glaucoma, 25(4), e392–e400. doi:10.1097/IJG.0000000000000335