UMMS Medical Students Develop Surgery Outcomes Survey for Aravind Eye Care System

Dr. Joshua Ehrlich with medical students Charlie Frank and Josiah Smiley
From left: Dr. Aravind Srinivasan and his son Arya, Joshua Ehrlich, MD, MPH, and UMMS students Charlie Frank and Josiah Smiley

Three University of Michigan medical students teamed up with researchers at the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, India to study patients’ reactions to their eye surgery.

Medical student Hong Gam Le administers the cataract surgery outcomes survey
Medical student Hong-Gam Le administers the cataract surgery outcomes survey

Led by Kellogg assistant professor Joshua Ehrlich, MD, MPH and The Kellogg Eye Center for International Ophthalmology, medical students Charlie Frank, Hong-Gam Le, and Josiah Smiley developed a survey designed to be culturally-appropriate and short enough that it could quickly and easily be administered in a busy clinic. They recruited hundreds of patients undergoing cataract surgery, each of whom completed a survey before surgery and one month after surgery. They produced and validated a survey instrument that is just 11 questions long and can be completed in an average of just over 2 minutes.

Their research appeared in a 2018 edition of the journal Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. Aravind plans to integrate this survey into the electronic medical record in order to prospectively measure patient-reported outcomes of cataract surgery, a true innovation in patient care.

Citation: Ehrlich JR, Frank C, Smiley J, Le HG, Joseph S, Schilling SG, Stagg BC, Stein JD, Ravindran RD, Haripriya A. Development of a rapid point-of-care patient reported outcome measure for cataract surgery in India. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2018 Jan 30;16(1):25. doi: 10.1186/s12955-018-0855-5.