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Compliance to Glaucoma Medication and its effect on Treatment regime

Bodle, Lynne, Craig, Jamie and Little, Julie-Anne (2014) Compliance to Glaucoma Medication and its effect on Treatment regime. In: Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress, Brisbane, Australia. Wiley. Vol 42 (Suppl) 55 pp. [Conference contribution]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ceo.12451/abstract


Purpose: Long-term treatment compliance to a chronic asymptomatic condition is a demanding taskfor many patients. Treating progressive glaucoma can also be confounding for physicians, particularly when management relies on assumption of compliance. This study aims to investigate the relationship between self-reported compliance and frequency of medication changes due to glaucoma progression.Methods: 128 participants with primary open angle glaucoma were recruited from glaucoma clinics in Flinders Eye Centre, South Australia and completed confidential questionnaires. Information was obtained regarding beliefs about glaucoma and their treatment. Compliance was assessed using Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (MARS). Medical records were analyzed for the number of medication changes, due to glaucoma progression.Results: Compliance to topical glaucoma medication was found in 41.4% (MARS = 0). Data were analysed for behaviors affecting compliance, history of compliance and reasons for changing compliance. Qualitative data and detailed responses were collated from all participants. There was no significant relationship between compliance and changes in medication regime (Chi-squared test for independence), however a significantly lower compliance was detected if participantshad difficulties with their drop regime (p = 0.001) and participants who had help with dropinsertion at home. (p = 0.015).Conclusion: Using a questionnaire and sympathetic questioning, confidential from their treating physician, higher non-compliance was revealed than in previous studies. Qualitative data indicated availability of ongoing glaucoma education and counselling would be a valuable adjunctive resource alongside medical treatment. Development of a simple validated questionnaireis also needed for assessing glaucoma medication compliance, so an individual tailored approach to non-compliance can be developed.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Poster)
Keywords:glaucoma, medication compliance, ophthalmology
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Optometry and Vision Science
ID Code:31647
Deposited By: Dr Julie-Anne Little
Deposited On:27 May 2015 15:45
Last Modified:27 May 2015 15:45

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