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A Non-Infectious Uveitis Multidisciplinary Clinic in a Tertiary Referral Center: Clinical Impact and Added Value

Authors Leal I, Romão VC, Mano S, Khmelinskii N, Campanilho-Marques R, Ponte C, Macieira C, Oliveira-Ramos F, Vieira-Sousa E, Rosa CM, Rodrigues W, Abegão Pinto L, Marques-Neves C, Fonseca JE

Received 1 December 2020

Accepted for publication 29 January 2021

Published 22 March 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 695—704


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Inês Leal,1,2 Vasco C Romão,3,4 Sofia Mano,1,2 Nikita Khmelinskii,3,4 Raquel Campanilho-Marques,3,4 Cristina Ponte,3,4 Carla Macieira,3 Filipa Oliveira-Ramos,3,4 Elsa Vieira-Sousa,3,4 Carlos Miranda Rosa,3 Walter Rodrigues,1,2 Luís Abegão Pinto,1,2 Carlos Marques-Neves,1,2 João Eurico Fonseca3,4

1Ophthalmology Department, Hospital de Santa Maria, Centro Hospitalar Univeristário Lisboa Norte, Centro Académico de Medicina de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal; 2Centro de Estudos das Ciências da Visão, Clínica Universitária de Oftalmologia, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal; 3Rheumatology Department, Hospital de Santa Maria, Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Norte, Centro Académico de Medicina de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal; 4Rheumatology Research Unit, Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal

Correspondence: Inês Leal
Hospital de Santa Maria, Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Norte Fax +351 21 780 5653
Email [email protected]

Abstract: Non-infectious uveitis (NIU) is a group of sight-threatening diseases that generates significant burden for the healthcare systems due to its adverse outcomes, irreversible structural complications in the eye with loss of visual function, limited clinical expertise and low-grade evidence for best practice. The usefulness of multidisciplinary care, specifically close collaboration between Rheumatologists and Ophthalmologists in NIU, has been emphasized in the literature. In this paper, the assessment tools and protocols used in our clinic are depicted and an overview of our activity with a brief description of the patients included in our registry, between 2018 and 2020 is provided. The cohort of 290 patients assessed in our NIU clinic, their demographics, sources of referral, details about immunosuppression treatment, and internal and external collaborations is described. This experience-based manuscript aims to describe the general functioning of our multidisciplinary NIU clinic, highlighting the benefits and drawbacks of multidisciplinary team management in patients with NIU, ultimately initiating a dialogue on what an NIU clinic should be and providing information for newly NIU clinics start-up. In conclusion, establishing a standardized and multidisciplinary clinic in NIU allows to systematically observe and follow-up this infrequent disease at a tertiary hospital level, thus improving quality of care delivery and research avenues.

Keywords: uveitis, ophthalmology, rheumatology

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