Glaucoma patient-provider communication about vision quality-of-life.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to: (a) describe the extent to which ophthalmologists and glaucoma patients discuss vision quality-of-life during office visits, and (b) examine the association between patient and ophthalmologist characteristics and provider-patient communication about vision quality-of-life. METHODS: Patients with glaucoma who were newly prescribed or on glaucoma medications were recruited at six ophthalmology clinics. Patients' visits were video-tape recorded and quality-of-life communication variables were coded. Generalized estimating equations were used to analyze the data. RESULTS: Two hundred and seventy-nine patients participated. Specific glaucoma quality-of-life domains were discussed during only 13% of visits. Older patients were significantly more likely to discuss one or more vision quality-of-life domains than younger patients. African American patients were significantly less likely to make statements about their vision quality-of-life and providers were less likely to ask them one or more vision quality-of-life questions than non-African American patients. CONCLUSION: Eye care providers and patients infrequently discussed the patient's vision quality-of-life during glaucoma visits. African American patients were less likely to communicate about vision quality-of-life than non-African American patients. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Eye care providers should make sure to discuss vision quality-of-life with glaucoma patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sleath, B; Sayner, R; Vitko, M; Carpenter, DM; Blalock, SJ; Muir, KW; Giangiacomo, AL; Hartnett, ME; Robin, AL

Published Date

  • April 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 100 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 703 - 709

PubMed ID

  • 27916461

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5385288

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-5134

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.pec.2016.11.018


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Ireland