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The Quality of Life in Patients with Diabetes 4 Years After the Start of Anti-VEGF Treatment for Diabetes Macular Edema
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss in patients in the working age group. The aim of this study was to investigate the sight-related quality of life in patients that have been treated with anti-VEGF for diabetes macula edema 4 years after the start of treatment in a real-world setting and evaluate the correlation between sight and quality of life. This quantitative cohort study is a 4 year follow up study of patients that have been treated with anti-VEGF for diabetes macula edema. Thirty seven patients participated by answering the NEI-VFQ-25 questionnaire. Visual acuity was measured with ETDRS. The results showed that visual acuity was increased at 4 years despite a slight decrease from the 1-year values. Quality of life increased from baseline to the 1-year follow up and the increase was sustained to the 4-year follow up. The results from this study show how valuable treatment of diabetes macula edema can be for not only the patients´ visual acuity but even their quality of life. This knowledge is important to health care professionals so adequate treatment, information and support can be given to patients with diabetes at all stages of the disease.

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2018. , p. 35
Keywords [en]
Diabetes macular edema, anti-VEGF, Quality of life, vision loss, Retinopathy
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-393819OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-393819DiVA, id: diva2:1355273
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Caring Sciences
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Specialist Nursing Programme Diabetes Care
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Available from: 2019-09-30 Created: 2019-09-27 Last updated: 2019-09-30Bibliographically approved

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