Knowledge of glaucoma, and its relationship to self-care practices, in a population sample

Livingston, P.M., Lee, S.E., De Paola, C., Carson, C.A., Guest, C.S. and Taylor, H.R. 1995, Knowledge of glaucoma, and its relationship to self-care practices, in a population sample, Australian and New Zealand journal of ophthalmology, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 37-41, doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.1995.tb01643.x.

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Title Knowledge of glaucoma, and its relationship to self-care practices, in a population sample
Author(s) Livingston, P.M.ORCID iD for Livingston, P.M.
Lee, S.E.
De Paola, C.
Carson, C.A.
Guest, C.S.
Taylor, H.R.
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of ophthalmology
Volume number 23
Issue number 1
Start page 37
End page 41
Total pages 5
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 1995-02
ISSN 0814-9763
Keyword(s) Adult
Age Distribution
Aged, 80 and over
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Middle Aged
Patient Education as Topic
Random Allocation
Self Care
Sex Distribution
Surveys and Questionnaires
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Summary OBJECTIVE: To determine the level of knowledge of glaucoma in a population-based sample, and its relationship to self-care practices.

DESIGN AND SUBJECTS: A cluster random sample of the Melbourne population 40 years of age and older was interviewed. One thousand seven hundred and eleven residents living in five randomly selected Melbourne metropolitan suburbs, each consisting of two adjacent census collector districts.

MEASURES: Questions were asked concerning respondents' awareness, knowledge and description of the disease. Respondents were also asked the year of their last visit to their eye health care provider.

RESULTS: Seventy per cent of the sample had heard of glaucoma. However, only 22% provided a description that demonstrated a reasonable understanding of the disease. A lack of awareness and knowledge of glaucoma appeared to be negatively related to self-care practices.

CONCLUSION: Serious deficiencies in the basic knowledge of glaucoma in the community was demonstrated. This has significant public health implications as only a small percentage of the at-risk population may present themselves for assessment and treatment. Informing the community about glaucoma is an important step in promoting preventative ophthalmic care and reducing visual impairment and blindness.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1442-9071.1995.tb01643.x
Field of Research 111399 Ophthalmology and Optometry not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©1995, Wiley
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