Glaucoma patient-provider communication about vision quality-of-life

Betsy Sleath, Robyn Sayner, Michelle Vitko, Delesha M. Carpenter, Susan J. Blalock, Kelly W. Muir, Annette L. Giangiacomo, Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, Alan L. Robin

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Objective The purpose of this study was to: (a) describe the extent to which ophthalmologists and glaucoma patients discuss vision quality-of-life during office visits, and (b) examine the association between patient and ophthalmologist characteristics and provider-patient communication about vision quality-of-life. Methods Patients with glaucoma who were newly prescribed or on glaucoma medications were recruited at six ophthalmology clinics. Patients’ visits were video-tape recorded and quality-of-life communication variables were coded. Generalized estimating equations were used to analyze the data. Results Two hundred and seventy-nine patients participated. Specific glaucoma quality-of-life domains were discussed during only 13% of visits. Older patients were significantly more likely to discuss one or more vision quality-of-life domains than younger patients. African American patients were significantly less likely to make statements about their vision quality-of-life and providers were less likely to ask them one or more vision quality-of-life questions than non-African American patients. Conclusion Eye care providers and patients infrequently discussed the patient's vision quality-of-life during glaucoma visits. African American patients were less likely to communicate about vision quality-of-life than non-African American patients. Practice implications Eye care providers should make sure to discuss vision quality-of-life with glaucoma patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)703-709
Number of pages7
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017


  • Communication
  • Glaucoma
  • Patient question-asking
  • Quality-of-life
  • Vision loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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