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Preliminary investigation of the responsiveness of the Melbourne low vision ADL index to low-vision rehabilitation

Haymes, Sharon A., Johnston, Alan W. and Heyes, Anthony D. 2001, Preliminary investigation of the responsiveness of the Melbourne low vision ADL index to low-vision rehabilitation, Optometry and vision science, vol. 78, no. 6, pp. 373-380.

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Title Preliminary investigation of the responsiveness of the Melbourne low vision ADL index to low-vision rehabilitation
Author(s) Haymes, Sharon A.
Johnston, Alan W.
Heyes, Anthony D.
Journal name Optometry and vision science
Volume number 78
Issue number 6
Start page 373
End page 380
Total pages 8
Publisher Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2001-06
ISSN 1040-5488
1538-9235
Keyword(s) low vision
disability
functional assessment
activities of daily living
outcome measures
responsiveness
Summary Purpose. To conduct a preliminary investigation on the ability of the Melbourne Low Vision ADL Index to detect changes in functional ability as a result of low-vision rehabilitation.

Methods. Twenty two subjects with age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) who were newly referred to the Kooyong Low Vision Clinic were recruited. The Melbourne Low Vision ADL Index was administered prerehabilitation and postrehabilitation. Changes in scores and effect size statistics were analyzed.

Results. The median total score for the subjects prerehabilitation was 67, and the median total score postrehabilitation was 76. The difference in prerehabilitation and postrehabilitation scores was statistically significant (Wilcoxon signed rank test = 248.5, p < 0.001). The mean change score for the total Melbourne Low Vision ADL Index was 9.3 (SD, 5.6). Thus the overall effect size statistic (mean change score divided by SD of prerehabilitation score) was 0.78.

Conclusions. This preliminary investigation indicates that the Melbourne Low Vision ADL Index is responsive to a rehabilitation program for patients with ARMD. It has potential to be used as a measure of low-vision rehabilitation outcomes.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, American Academy of Optometry
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30047584

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Medicine
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