May 2008
Volume 49, Issue 13
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ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2008
Patients’ Responses to Medication Leaflets Included With Topical Ophthalmic Medication in the UK
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • T. A. de Klerk
    Ophthalmology, Burnley General Hospital, Burnley, United Kingdom
  • S. G. Fraser
    Ophthalmology, Sunderland Eye Infirmary, Sunderland, United Kingdom
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    Commercial Relationships  T.A. de Klerk, None; S.G. Fraser, None.
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2008, Vol.49, 4995. doi:https://doi.org/
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      T. A. de Klerk, S. G. Fraser; Patients’ Responses to Medication Leaflets Included With Topical Ophthalmic Medication in the UK. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2008;49(13):4995. doi: https://doi.org/.

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Abstract

Purpose: : To determine1. what proportion of patients read the printed information included with their eyedrops2. whether they read it looking for a perceived side effect3. if reading it leads them to experience side effects or consider stopping the treatment4. if the information made them feel more or less worried

Methods: : 68 patients attending our glaucoma outpatient clinic in February to July 2007 to were asked to complete a short questionnaire regarding their awarenes of, and response to, the information leaflet provided with their medication.

Results: : 66 Patients completed the questionnaire. 11 (16%) Said they had never read the drug information provided. Of the remaining 55, 10 (18%) had experienced side effects and then looked for them in the leaflet. 11 (20%), 6 (10%) and 38(70%) felt more worried, less worried and no different, respectively, because of the information provided. 9 of the 55 (16%) considered stopping their treatment while only 1 (1.9%) felt side effects only started after reading the information.

Conclusions: : A significant proportion of patients feel more worried about their treatment after reading the information and a similar percentage considered stopping the treatment. The information provided only rarely prompts them to experience adverse effects.

Keywords: clinical (human) or epidemiologic studies: health care delivery/economics/manpower 
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