June 2022
Volume 63, Issue 7
Open Access
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   June 2022
Usability and Adherence to the EyeFitness telerehabilitation software in visually impaired patients. Preliminary results of a multicentre study
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Filippo Amore
    National Reference Centre Service, Research, Prevention of Blindness and Vision Rehabilitation - WHO Collaborating Centre, ROMA, Italy
  • Valeria Silvestri
    National Reference Centre Service, Research, Prevention of Blindness and Vision Rehabilitation - WHO Collaborating Centre, ROMA, Italy
  • Marco Sulfaro
    National Reference Centre Service, Research, Prevention of Blindness and Vision Rehabilitation - WHO Collaborating Centre, ROMA, Italy
  • Margherita Guidobaldi
    National Reference Centre Service, Research, Prevention of Blindness and Vision Rehabilitation - WHO Collaborating Centre, ROMA, Italy
  • Paola Piscopo
    National Reference Centre Service, Research, Prevention of Blindness and Vision Rehabilitation - WHO Collaborating Centre, ROMA, Italy
  • Fabiana Perna
    Ophthalmology Clinic, Department of Medicine and Science of Ageing, University G. D’Annunzio Chieti-Pescara, Chieti, Chieti, Italy
  • Giovanni Giacomelli
    Department of Neuroscience, Psychology, Drug Research and Child Health, University of Florence, Careggi Teaching Hospital, Florance, Italy
  • Gianfrancesco Villani
    Cooperativa Sociale QUID - Progetto Yea. Riabilitazione Visiva per Ipovedenti di Verona, Verona, Italy
  • Giovanna Carnovale Scalzo
    Department of Ophthalmology, Magna Graecia University, Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Italy
  • Samuel N Markowitz
    Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships   Filippo Amore None; Valeria Silvestri None; Marco Sulfaro None; Margherita Guidobaldi None; Paola Piscopo None; Fabiana Perna None; Giovanni Giacomelli None; Gianfrancesco Villani None; Giovanna Carnovale Scalzo None; Samuel Markowitz None
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science June 2022, Vol.63, 1716 – F0034. doi:
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      Filippo Amore, Valeria Silvestri, Marco Sulfaro, Margherita Guidobaldi, Paola Piscopo, Fabiana Perna, Giovanni Giacomelli, Gianfrancesco Villani, Giovanna Carnovale Scalzo, Samuel N Markowitz; Usability and Adherence to the EyeFitness telerehabilitation software in visually impaired patients. Preliminary results of a multicentre study. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2022;63(7):1716 – F0034.

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Abstract

Purpose : Telerehabilitation is a new way of providing web-based services to chronic patients who receive rehabilitative care at home with remote supervision by trained staff. It allows to increase the frequency and intensity of care provided to the patient.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usability of the EyeFitness telerehabilitation software and patients’ adherence to treatment

Methods : 44 visually impaired subjects of various etiologies, 19 males and 22 females, mean age 53 4 years (SD= 19, 5 years, Range= 22-89 years), were enrolled. The home training using the EyeFitness software was conducted for 5 days a week, for a total of 6 weeks. The software was individually configured for each patient, choosing the exercises according to the eye disease, the patient's residual perceptive abilities (visual acuity and contrast sensitivity) and the specific visual skills to be enhanced. Recruitment and monitoring of the progress was conducted from five rehabilitation centers. The Post-Study System Usability Questionnaire (PSSUQ) was administered after the use of the software

Results : Patients had good adherence: one had a poor participation and only two interrupt the training before the end of the program; these were excluded from the analysis.The average overall completion rate for the 41 patients included in the analysis was 97,2% (SD= 5,2), indicating that the average patient completed their prescribed exercises 5 days per week over the course of their enrollment in the program. The PSSUQ indicator showed that patients were satisfied with the EyeFitness software, with an overall average score of 1,85 (SD= 0,96, Range= 1,04 - 2,86). The three sub-scales revealed positive opinions on system quality (mean score 1,45, SD= 0,87, Range= 1,19-2,025), information quality (mean score 1,77, SD= 1,5, Range= 1,25-4,23), and interface quality (mean score 2,01, SD= 1,32, Range= 1,82-2,55). Providers also commented favorably on the experience and found this approach useful in supporting traditional in-person vision rehabilitation

Conclusions :
Preliminary results show that both participants and providers gave positive assessments to the feasibility and acceptability of telerehabilitation sessions. The software could be a viable approach for visually impaired individuals who have difficulty attending traditional rehabilitation programs at the low vision center

This abstract was presented at the 2022 ARVO Annual Meeting, held in Denver, CO, May 1-4, 2022, and virtually.

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