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Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol ; 28(4): 230-238, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1835268

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PURPOSE: Faculty development for procedural specialists aims at developing both their medical education and surgical competence. This has been challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in under-resourced settings and African Lusophone ophthalmology community has been no exception. The Mozambican College of Ophthalmology (MOC) and the Continuing Professional Development Committee of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) established a collaboration to enhance simulation-based clinical teaching competence in cataract surgery. METHODS: Ten Mozambican ophthalmologists experienced in teaching cataract surgery participated in a group mentoring assisted 6 month/11 flipped-learning online experience on curriculum design, which included practice-based and social learning strategies, continuous bidirectional feedback, individual and group reflection opportunities, and the demonstration of declarative and procedural competencies. Program evaluation consisted of pre and post-test knowledge assessment; individual homework, informed by curated reading and a recorded lesson; feedback surveys for each module and one month after the program's conclusion, and a longitudinal project on creating a simulation-based education session on one step of cataract surgery. RESULTS: Participants a) highlighted the opportunity to advance their scholarly teaching skills as facilitators; b) showed an increase in knowledge post-test, expressed commitment to improve their learning experiences´ design, include interactive educational methods, and provide constructive feedback; and c) formed a sustained community of practice of ophthalmologists educators (CoP). CONCLUSION: This online faculty development program, assisted by group mentoring, held during the COVID-19 pandemic, facilitated the development of a CoP and was effective in enhancing teaching competence in curriculum design to apply in simulation-based learning environments.


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COVID-19 , Cataract , COVID-19/epidemiology , Curriculum , Faculty , Humans , Pandemics , Teaching
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BMJ Open ; 11(6): e048361, 2021 06 22.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1280431

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INTRODUCTION: Voretigene neparvovec-rzyl (Luxturna) was approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration on 4 August 2020 for the treatment of biallelic mutations in the RPE65 gene, a rare cause of congenital and adult-onset retinal dystrophy (predominantly Leber congenital amaurosis). Previous studies have shown that individuals who might participate in gene therapy trials overestimate clinical effect and underestimate risks. However, little is known about the perspectives of patients who may be offered approved gene therapy treatment for ocular conditions (as distinct from participating in clinical trials of gene therapy). The main objective of this study is to develop a tool to assess knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of approved and future genetic therapies among potential recipients of ocular gene therapy. In addition, we aim to assess the quality of life, attitudes towards clinical trials and vision-related quality of life among this cohort. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: A new 'Attitudes to Gene Therapy for the Eye' tool will be developed following consultation with people with inherited retinal disease (IRD) and content matter experts. Australians with IRD or their guardians will be asked to complete an internet-based survey comprising existing quality of life and visual function instruments and items for the newly proposed tool. We expect to recruit 500 survey participants from patient support groups, the practices of Australian ophthalmologists who are specialists in IRD and Australian ophthalmic research institutions. Launch is anticipated early 2021. Responses will be analysed using item response theory methodology. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: This study has received ethics approval from the University of Melbourne (#2057534). The results of the study will be published in a peer-reviewed journal and will be presented at relevant conferences. Organisations involved in recruitment, and the Patient Engagement Advisory committee will assist the research team with dissemination of the study outcomes.


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Leber Congenital Amaurosis , Retinal Diseases , Adult , Australia , Genetic Therapy , Humans , Leber Congenital Amaurosis/genetics , Leber Congenital Amaurosis/therapy , Quality of Life
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Clin Teach ; 18(1): 84-86, 2021 Feb.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-873422
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Aust J Gen Pract ; 492020 05 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-827040

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Conjunctivitis may be a feature of COVID-19, with tears containing SARS-CoV-2 virus, and a source of potential transmission via aerosols.

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Aust J Gen Pract ; 492020 04 17.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-72444

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The ability of general practitioners to triage ophthalmic conditions appropriately is critical in our fight against COVID-19.

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Aust J Gen Pract ; 492020 04 14.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-71164

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At present, there are no studies demonstrating the clinical efficacy of hydroxychloroquine for the prophylaxis or treatment of COVID-19 infection.

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