The essence of quality care is a meaningful partnership relationship between patient and physician. The ophthalmologist strives to communicate effectively
with his patients, listening carefully to their needs and concerns. In turn, he educates his patients about the nature and prognosis of their condition and about proper and appropiate therapeutic modalities. This is
to ensure their meaningful participation (appropiate to their unique physical, intellectual and emotional state) in decisions affecting their management and care, to improve their motivation and compliance with the
agreed plan of treatment, and to help alleviate their fears and oncerns.
The ophthalmologist uses his best judgement in choosing and timing appropiate diagnostic and therapeutic modalities as well as the frequency of evaluation and
follow-up, with due regard to the urgency and nature of the patient's condition and unique needs and desires.
The ophthalmologist carries out only those procedures for which he is adequately trained, experienced and competent, or, when necessary, is assisted by
someone who is, depending on the urgency of the problem an availibility and accessibility of alternative providers.
Patients are assured acceess to, and continuity of, needed and appropiate ophthalmic care...
Prior to therapeutic or invasive diagnostic procedures, the ophthalmologist becomes appropiately conversant with the patient's condition by collecting
pertinent historical information and performing relevant preoperative examinations. Additonally, he enables the patient to reach a fully informed decision by providing an accurate and thruthful explanation of the
diagnosis, the nature,purpose, risks, benefits, and probability of success of the proposed treatment and of each alternative treatment; and the risks and benefits of no treatment.
The ophthalmologist adopts new technology (e.g., drugs, devices, surgicaltechniques) in judicious fashion, appropiate to the cost and potential benefit
relative toexisting alternatives and to ist demonstrated safety and efficacy.
The ophthalmologist enhances the qualitiy of care he provides by periodically reviewing and assessing his personal performance in relation to established
standards, and by revising or altering his practices and techniques appropiately.
The ophthalmologist improves ophthalmic care by communicating to colleagues, through appropiate professional channels, knowledge gained through clinical
research and practice. This includes alering colleagues of instances of unusual or unexpected rates of complications and problems related to new drugs, devices or procedures.
The ophthalmologist provides care in suitably staffed and equipped facilities adequate to deal with potential ocular and systemic complications requiring
He also provides ophthalmic care in a manner that is cost effictive without unacceptably compromising accepted standards of quality.