Improved Ophthalmologist-Patient Communication Key to Detecting Non-Adherence to Medications

March 12, 2009

Modern Medicine last week reported research by by Harry A. Quigley, MD, and his colleagues at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, in which ophthalmologists were only able to identify 3 of 13 patients judged non-adherent to their medications by the interviewers.

Dr. Quigley concluded that improving low patient adherence to glaucoma medications may be as simple as improving communication between ophthalmologists and their patients. Currently, Dr. Quigley explained, physician-patient conversations are typically too physician-centered with physicians speaking most of the time and asking most of the questions. Instead, among other things, Dr. Quigley recommended that ophthalmologists ask more open-ended questions designed to identify non-adherence.

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