Objectives: The objectives of the study are: (a) to describe the sources of glaucoma patient's medication information and instruction, and (b) to examine the influence of patient characteristics on the sources of medication information and instruction obtained. Setting: Four geographically distinct ophthalmology practices in the US. Method: A survey assessing receipt of information and instruction on how to use eye drops was completed by 324 patients. Multivariable logistic and ordinal regression were used to analyse the data. Key findings: Fifteen per cent of patients stated that no-one gave them information about their glaucoma medications, and 20% of patients stated that no-one showed them how to use their glaucoma medications. Ophthalmologists were the individuals most likely and ophthalmic technicians were the second-most likely to give the patients information and instruction on how to use their medications. Fourteen per cent of patients stated that pharmacists gave them information about their eye drops. Patients very rarely reported pharmacists or primary care physicians showing them how to use their glaucoma medications. Fourteen per cent of patients reported going to the internet for information. Younger patients were significantly more likely to receive information about glaucoma and glaucoma medications from the internet than older patients. Conclusion: Patients are receiving information about glaucoma medications from numerous sources, yet almost one out of five glaucoma patients reported receiving no instruction on the instillation of their eye drops. Pharmacists have the opportunity to educate glaucoma patients about using their medications by giving them information and showing them how to administer the medications correctly.
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- Pharmaceutical Science
- Health Policy
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health