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Abstract
Abstract

Evaluation of a Psycho-Social Training Program for Patients with Bilateral Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Miller D. W.1, Birk T.2, Hickl S.2, Rohrschneider K.1, Becker S.3, Kämmerer A.2, Wahl H. W.3, Holz F. G.1
1Department of Ophthalmology, 2German Center for Research in Aging (DZFA), 3Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Heidelberg

Purpose: In late stages of AMD there are few ways to improve vision. Recent research indicates that a significant number of patients suffer from depression. In order to improve the quality of life of these patients we developed and evaluated a psycho-social training program.
Method: 22 outpatients with bilateral AMD and maximal visual acuity of £0.3 were assigned to a control or management group. During 5 group meetings of 2 h, the following subjects were addressed; systematic problem solving, resource and activity management, correlation between emotions and actions, experience exchange, progressive muscle relaxation, and disease information. Both groups completed a standardized pre-


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