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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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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