Patient race, reported problems in using glaucoma medications, and adherence.

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Objective. The objectives of the study were to (a) describe various factors potentially related to objectively measured adherence to glaucoma medications and self-reported glaucoma medication adherence self-efficacy and (b) examine the relationship between patient race, the number of patient reported-problems, and adherence in taking their glaucoma medication. This was a cross-sectional study conducted at two glaucoma subspecialist referral ophthalmology practices. Methods. We measured subjects' reported problems in using glaucoma medications, adherence to glaucoma medications utilizing the Medication Events Monitoring System (MEMS) devices, and general glaucoma medication adherence self-efficacy using a previously validated 10-item scale. Multivariable logistic and linear regression was used to analyze the data. Results. Seventy-one percent of patients self-reported at least one problem in using their glaucoma medications. White patients were more than 3 times more likely to be 80% adherent in using their glaucoma medications than non-White patients. Patients who had glaucoma longer reported significantly higher glaucoma medication adherence self-efficacy. Patients who reported more problems in using their medications had significantly lower glaucoma medication adherence self-efficacy. Conclusions. Eye care providers should assess patient reported problems and glaucoma medication adherence self-efficacy and work with patients to find ways to reduce the number of problems that patients experience to increase their self-efficacy in using glaucoma medications.

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Cited Authors

  • Sleath, B; Blalock, SJ; Covert, D; Skinner, AC; Muir, KW; Robin, AL

Published Date

  • 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2012 /

Start / End Page

  • 902819 -

PubMed ID

  • 24558595

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24558595

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2090-5688

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5402/2012/902819


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Egypt