Coping With Extended Facedown Positioning After Macular Hole Surgery

  • A Qualitative Diary Analysis
  • Walter Wittich, Kenneth Southall
  • Nursing Research, November 2008, Wolters Kluwer Health
  • DOI: 10.1097/nnr.0b013e31818c3e8e

How to best prepare for macular hole surgery

What is it about?

We studied the experiences of an extremely dedicated patient who stayed in face-down positioning for 77 days after macular hole surgery. She wrote a most insightful daily diary during this process, which we were privileged to analyze with qualitative methods. The article summarizes her experiences and we highlight items of special interest for future patients.

Why is it important?

Face-down or prone positioning is a difficult challenge, especially for older patients. The physical and psychological strain poses a barrier for some and requires some preparation in order to be successful. This extreme situation and the nature of the coping strategies utilized by this patient give valuable insights to both clinicians and future patients.

Perspectives

Dr Walter Wittich
Universite de Montreal

Through fortunate circumstance, the members of the research team met this patient, who inspired all of us and initiated a series of studies about the patient perspective on macular hole surgery. This is a great example of integrated Knowledge Translation where the patient played a key role.

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