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Patients with disabilities may have reduced glaucoma medication adherence

Posted on October 29, 2021

In patients with glaucoma who also had a disability, glaucoma medication adherence was reduced, by up to 17% in some cases, according to a study.

In this population-based case-control study, 23,234 patients with glaucoma with a disability and 23,234 without a disability matched based on age and sex, were included.

Glaucoma-related outpatient visits were higher in people with disabilities than those without disabilities when using 1-year intervals.

Compared to people who did not have a disability, those with a visual disability had a mean of 2.50 times more glaucoma-related outpatient visits.

The authors concluded that “These results suggest that policies targeting glaucoma medication adherence should consider disability types.”

Reference
Hou C, Pu C. Medication Adherence in Patients With Glaucoma and Disability. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2021;doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2021.4415

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