Title: Agreement and Accuracy of Non-Expert Ophthalmologists in Assessing Glaucomatous Changes in Serial Stereo Optic Disc Photographs
Authors: Breusegem, Christophe ×
Fieuws, Steffen
Stalmans, Ingeborg
Zeyen, Thierry #
Issue Date: 3-Nov-2011
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Series Title: Ophthalmology vol:118 issue:4 pages:742-746
Abstract: PURPOSE:: To compare the interobserver agreement in detecting glaucomatous optic disc changes using serial stereophotography between a large group of non-expert ophthalmologists and glaucoma specialists; to assess the accuracy of non-experts; to investigate whether the interobserver agreement and the accuracy of non-experts changed after a training session. DESIGN:: Masked interobserver agreement study. PARTICIPANTS:: Serial optic disc stereophotos from 40 patients with glaucoma. METHODS:: Three independent experienced glaucoma specialists (readers of the European Glaucoma Prevention Study) evaluated a set of 2 serial optic disc color stereo-slides for glaucomatous change, obtained with a delay varying from 2 to 7 years of 40 patients, masked from the temporal sequence of the slides. Each patient was graded as changed or stable by agreement of 2 of 3 of the experts (the reference standard). Thirty-seven non-expert ophthalmologists independently evaluated the same set of serial optic disc stereo-slides twice, with the second evaluation on the same day, masked from the results of the previous evaluation, after a training session on a separate slide set. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:: Interobserver agreement of non-experts and experts in detecting glaucomatous optic disc changes (expressed as kappa coefficient); agreement of non-experts with the reference standard (accuracy) before and after a training session. RESULTS:: The interobserver kappa coefficient (κ) of the non-experts and experts was 0.20 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.19-0.21) and 0.51 (95% CI, 0.33-0.69), respectively (P<0.0001). The mean κ of the non-experts with the reference standard was 0.33 (95% CI, 0.27-0.39). After a training session, the interobserver agreement of the non-experts increased from 0.20 to 0.27 (95% CI, 0.26-0.28) (P<0.0001). The percentage agreement of the non-experts with the reference standard improved from 68.5% before to 71.4% after the training session (Wilcoxon signed-rank test, P=0.034). CONCLUSIONS:: The interobserver agreement of non-expert ophthalmologists in detecting glaucomatous optic disc changes using serial stereophotos was significantly lower than that of experts, which was moderate. After a training session, the interobserver agreement and the accuracy of the non-experts showed a small but statistically significant improvement. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE(S):: The author(s) have no proprietary or commercial interest in any materials discussed in this article.
ISSN: 0161-6420
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group Ophthalmology
Leuven Biostatistics and Statistical Bioinformatics Centre (L-BioStat)
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