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APOSTEL 2.0 recommendations for reporting quantitative optical coherence tomography studies

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Title:APOSTEL 2.0 recommendations for reporting quantitative optical coherence tomography studies
Creators Name:Aytulun, A. and Cruz-Herranz, A. and Aktas, O. and Balcer, L.J. and Balk, L. and Barboni, P. and Blanco, A.A. and Calabresi, P.A. and Costello, F. and Sanchez-Dalmau, B. and DeBuc, D.C. and Feltgen, N. and Finger, R.P. and Frederiksen, J.L. and Frohman, E. and Frohman, T. and Garway-Heath, D. and Gabilondo, I. and Graves, J.S. and Green, A.J. and Hartung, H.P. and Havla, J. and Holz, F.G. and Imitola, J. and Kenney, R. and Klistorner, A. and Knier, B. and Korn, T. and Kolbe, S. and Krämer, J. and Lagrèze, W.A. and Leocani, L. and Maier, O. and Martínez-Lapiscina, E.H. and Meuth, S. and Outteryck, O. and Paul, F. and Petzold, A. and Pihl-Jensen, G. and Preiningerova, J.L. and Rebolleda, G. and Ringelstein, M. and Saidha, S. and Schippling, S. and Schuman, J.S. and Sergott, R.C. and Toosy, A. and Villoslada, P. and Wolf, S. and Yeh, E.A. and Yu-Wai-Man, P. and Zimmermann, H.G. and Brandt, A.U. and Albrecht, P.
Abstract:OBJECTIVE: To update the consensus recommendations for reporting of quantitative optical coherence tomography (OCT) study results, thus revising the previously published Advised Protocol for OCT Study Terminology and Elements (APOSTEL) recommendations. METHODS: To identify studies reporting quantitative OCT results, we performed a PubMed search for the terms “quantitative” and “optical coherence tomography” from 2015 to 2017. Corresponding authors of the identified publications were invited to provide feedback on the initial APOSTEL recommendations via online surveys following the principle of a modified Delphi method. The results were evaluated and discussed by a panel of experts, and changes to the initial recommendations were proposed. A final survey was recirculated among the corresponding authors to obtain a majority vote on the proposed changes. RESULTS: One hundred sixteen authors participated in the surveys, resulting in 15 suggestions, of which 12 were finally accepted and incorporated into an updated 9-point-checklist. We harmonized the nomenclature of the outer retinal layers, added the exact area of measurement to the description of volume scans; we suggested reporting device-specific features. We advised to address potential bias in manual segmentation or manual correction of segmentation errors. References to specific reporting guidelines and room light conditions were removed. The participants’ consensus with the recommendations increased from 80% for the previous APOSTEL version to greater than 90%. CONCLUSIONS: The modified Delphi method resulted in an expert-led guideline (evidence class III, GRADE criteria) concerning study protocol, acquisition device, acquisition settings, scanning protocol, fundoscopic imaging, post-acquisition data selection, post-acquisition analysis, nomenclature and abbreviations, and statistical approach. It will still be essential to update these recommendations to new research and practices regularly.
Keywords:Consensus, Delphi Technique, Ophthalmology, Optical Coherence Tomography, Research Design, Retinal Diseases
Publisher:American Academy of Neurology
Page Range:68-79
Date:13 July 2021
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000012125
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