Assessing and Counseling Patients
Seeing the Whole Patient
A psychosocial history is fundamental to every patient assessment to understand their ability to perform activities of daily living and individual management goals. Some patients assume their difficulties with tasks or vision loss are signs of getting older and do not voice any concern. Therefore, you may need to proactively engage them in conversations about their day-to-day activities.
Educate to Empower
While the clinical appearance of geographic atrophy (GA) may look similar from patient to patient, the impact on individual lives may vary widely. Tailoring discussions to each patient’s specific needs facilitates effective expectation management and fosters patient engagement.
Discuss Aspects of the Expected Clinical Course With Your Patients By:
Describing GA and explaining the impact it may have
Reviewing the goals of management
Defining the importance of regular monitoring
- Lum F, Repka M, Vicchrilli S. How to Use the ICD-10 Codes for Age-Related Macular Degeneration. American Academy of Ophthalmology website. Accessed February 15, 2023. https://www.aao.org/eyenet/article/how-to-use-the-icd-10-codes-for-amd.