Pediatric glaucoma medical therapy: who more accurately reports medication adherence, the caregiver or the child?
Clinical Ophthalmology, November 2015
Kelly Muir, Daniel Moore, Rebecca Neustein, Sarah Jones, Alan Robin
As they grow older, most children with glaucoma must eventually face the transition to self-administering medications. We previously reported factors associated with better or worse medication adherence in children with glaucoma, using an objective, electronic monitor. Utilizing the same data set, the purpose of the current study was to determine whose report (the caregiver's or the child's) corresponded better with electronically monitored adherence. Of the 46 participants (22 girls), the mean age of children primarily responsible, and caregiver primarily responsible for medication administration was 15±2 and 10±2 years, respectively. For the children whose caregiver regularly administered the eyedrops, the caregiver's assessment of drop adherence was associated with measured adherence (P=0.012), but the child's was not (P=0.476). For the children who self-administered eyedrops, neither the child's (P=0.218) nor the caregiver's (P=0.395) assessment was associated with measured percent adherence. This study highlights potential errors when relying on self-reporting of compliance in patients and caregivers with pediatric glaucoma, particularly when the child is responsible for administering their own eyedrops. Frank discussions about the importance of medication adherence and how to improve compliance may help both the child and caregiver better communicate with the treating provider.
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