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Begoña Coco Martin


Begoña Coco

PhD in Vision Sciences at the University of Valladolid in 2010, received the special prize of doctorate of their promotion. She specialises in visual rehabilitation by the University of Valladolid and a Master in visual impairment by the University of Aston in the United Kingdom.

Its main lines of research focus on reading in patients with defects in the central field, health technology assessment, the quality of life in patients with disabilities, rehabilitation of patients with defects neurological and educational innovation in health sciences. He is the author and co-author of articles in national and international journals indexed and impacted, books, book chapters and more than 80 oral presentations and panel at national and international conferences relating to his research interests. In addition, is member of scientific societies and reviewer impacted journal publications and projects. He has participated in more than 40 research projects such as assistant researcher in competitive calls and is principal investigator of regional and European projects of educational neurobiomarketing. Currently, he is Assistant Professor doctor of the University of Valladolid and coordinator of the University Institute of applied ophthalmobiology Ioba visual rehabilitation unit

Overview presentation: "Predictors of rehabilitation program visual IOBA-PEL in patients of low involvement of central field vision"

Purpose: Reading is the main complaint of central field loss (CFL) patients and reading fluency might depend on visual and psychosocial factors, thus this study assesses whether visual and psychosocial variables can predict reading performance (RP) after reading rehabilitation program (IOBA).

Methods: Seventy-six CFL patients were recruited at IOBA-Eye Institute from the vision rehabilitation unit. Without previous experience of low vision optical aids patients use underwent vision rehabilitation program (the IOBA-SPM). Visual (reading speed and duration, visual acuity and magnification) and psychosocial questionnaire outcomes were recorded before and after undergoing the 6-week training. Odds ratios (OR´s) were calculated to assess the predictive value of these variables.

Results: Contrast sensitivity (OR completo: 2.94, 95% confidence intervals (CI): 0.99-8.33), age (OR completo: 0.21, 95% CI: 0.06-0.74) and Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) score (OR completo: - 2.33, 95% CI: 1.16-4.76) was associated with improvement in reading speed.

Conclusion: Better contrast sensitivity, older age and lower GDS scores can predict success on reading fluency in CFL patients after vision rehabilitation training.



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