Adherence to topical medication in patients with inflammatory eye disease

Hedayat Javidi, Nat Poonit, Radhika P Patel, Robert J Barry, Saaeha Rauz, Philip I Murray

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Abstract

Purpose: To evaluate adherence to topical medication in patients with inflammatory eye disease.

Methods: Questionnaire survey of patients attending inflammatory eye disease clinics. Treatment regimen was validated against hospital-generated clinic letters.

Results: There were 86 patients (52 uveitis and 34 ocular surface disease) with 30% (26/86) failing to identify one or more of the medications they were using, and 28% (24/86) unable to offer the correct indication for their treatment. A total of 64% (55/86) failed to use their medication as advised (27% on a daily basis); the commonest reason being forgetfulness. In patients using multiple eye drops, 26% left insufficient time intervals between successive eye drops, and 58% (50/86) reported not being given any instruction on drop instillation.

Conclusions: We highlight poor adherence to topical medication in patients with inflammatory eye disease. We recommend a dedicated practitioner providing a proactive approach to patient education to improve adherence.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOcular immunology and inflammation
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • Adherence
  • ocular surface disease
  • patient education
  • topical medication
  • uveitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Ophthalmology

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