Simple communication techniques help doctors address glaucoma medication compliance

NICE, France — Learning communication skills allows physicians to improve patients’ risk awareness, compliance with glaucoma medications and overall therapy outcomes, according to a speaker here.A group of physicians underwent a 1-day course specifically designed to improve communication skills in a clinical setting. Before the course, the physicians were videotaped while receiving glaucoma patients. Average chair time with patients was 8 minutes and was mainly spent discussing IOP, visual field or optic nerve damage.

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