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Living with age-related macular degeneration treatment: Patient experiences of being treated with ranibizumab (Lucentis) intravitreal injections

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>05/2013
<mark>Journal</mark>British Journal of Visual Impairment
Issue number2
Volume31
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)89-101
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This study reports the results of a qualitative study of patient experiences of receiving treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration with ranibizumab (Lucentis)(R). Treatment involved monthly hospital visits for assessment and, where required, an intravitreal Lucentis injection. Qualitative narrative interviews were conducted with 22 patients, 18 of whom received treatment and were interviewed at two points during their treatment journey. Interviews allowed participants to reflect on their experiences of being assessed for and receiving this treatment. Overall, treated participants reported that while they had been apprehensive about treatment, the actual experience of it was far less unpleasant than they had expected. However, the data also revealed a number of issues surrounding the provision of information about treatment, as well as service delivery issues, which had considerable impact upon their experience.