Welcome to the Pharmacist Resource Page of the Glaucoma Australia website.
A major concern for patients being treated for glaucoma is continuing to take their medication. Similar to other chronic, asymptomatic conditions, medication adherence amongst glaucoma sufferers is low, with 44% of patients having stopped treatment at six months and 52% at one year1.
This slide presentation is one of the resources available to assist pharmacists working to improve glaucoma medication adherence and can be downloaded and used free-of-charge.
You can also order a Public Health Resource kit on Glaucoma Medication Adherence to use in:
- Ongoing adherence discussions with customers being dispensed glaucoma medications
- Planning and implementing an in-pharmacy Public Health Promotion
- Delivering a Public Health Information session to an external group
The kit consists of the following:
- Improving Adherence in Glaucoma – A Manual for Pharmacists
- Glaucoma Management: Pharmacist’s Guide
- Understanding Glaucoma: Patient Handout
Order your Public Health Resource kit here:
Suggestions for an in-pharmacy Health Promotion:
- Decide how you will use the resources available – do you require anything else?
- Design a display within the pharmacy
- Provide training for pharmacists/other staff on the aims of your promotion
- How will you use/distribute the patient pamphlets?
- Develop a clinical audit tool to target 20 patients being dispensed glaucoma treatment and discuss the important aspects of the disease and their medication(s)
Suggestions for a health information training session:
- Decide who your target audience will be
- Plan what type of session you will run and how you will use the resources provided
- How will you advertise the event?
- Evaluate the learning or impact of your session with your audience
1 Healey P, et al. Loss to follow-up may be reason for poor glaucoma medication adherence. Poster: World Glaucoma Congress Paris, 2011.