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Electronic Reminders Can Improve Glaucoma Patients’ Drug Adherence

  • February 2015

May 22, 2014 By Gabriel Miller

NEW YORK – A considerable proportion of glaucoma patients don’t take their medicine as prescribed, but electronic monitoring and reminders can boost adherence, according to a pair of reports on a new study.

“We now have two randomized trials — including this one — that have demonstrated an approximately 20% increase in adherence with glaucoma medications in a group shown to be non-adherent,” Dr. Michael Boland, lead author of both papers, told Reuters Health by email.

“There are no other interventions that have shown this level of improvement in this group,” said Dr. Boland from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Both papers were published online May 15 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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