Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
Print version ISSN 0004-2749
MORENO, Gerson López et al. Corneal transplant and what the patients know about it. Arq. Bras. Oftalmol. [online]. 2003, vol.66, n.6, pp. 797-801. ISSN 0004-2749. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0004-27492003000700012.
PURPOSE: To evaluate the understanding of the patient submitted to corneal transplant regarding the type of surgery, used treatment, rejection signs and final outcome satisfaction, at Cornea and External Disease Sector of the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP). METHODS: 42 patients submitted to corneal transplant were interviewed using a questionnaire that includes multiple variables regarding knowledge on the general procedure, postoperative treatment, rejection signs and satisfaction with the final outcome. We also collected data about the diagnosis and the transplant. The data were tabulated and analyzed. RESULTS: 67% of 42 interviewed patients did not know what a corneal transplant is, 67% did not know about rejection signs, 30% did not know the purpose of postoperative medicines and 71% were satisfied with the final outcome. CONCLUSIONS: Most of transplanted patients do not know the meaning of corneal transplant, rejections signs and the correct use of medicines but are satisfied with the final outcome.
Keywords : Corneal transplantation; Ophthalmic solutions; Treatment outcome; Questionnaires; Patient satisfaction; Graft rejection.