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Table 2 Primary care physicians’ self-reported performance in glaucoma care and agreement with role descriptions (n = 82)

From: Primary care physicians’ role perception and self-reported performance in glaucoma care: a survey study

Domain Role description Agree with the role description Behave in practice accordingly
n (%)b Mean (SD) n (%)a Mean (SD)
Early detection Asking older patients about family history of glaucoma and referring them to complete ophthalmologic examination1/identifying patients at high risk of glaucoma and referring them to complete ophthalmologic examination2 81 (99)2 5.5 (0.8)2 24 (30)1 2.7 (1.5)1
Management of medical treatment Explaining the proper use of eye drops to glaucoma patients 69 (85) 4.6 (1.2) 28 (35) 2.8 (1.4)
Asking glaucoma patients about treatment’s adverse effects 71 (88) 5.1 (1.2) 37 (46) 3.3 (1.5)
Promoting adherence to treatment and follow up Discussing the importance of adherence to treatment with glaucoma patients 75 (93) 5.2 (1.0) 52 (64) 4.0 (1.6)
Encouraging glaucoma patients to have regular ophthalmologic follow-up examination 78 (99) 5.4 (0.7) 64 (81) 4.7 (1.4)
Coordination of eye care Maintaining good relations with ophthalmologists working in the community clinics 74 (91) 5.1 (1.0) 45 (56) 3.6 (1.8)
Informing the ophthalmologist on treatment’s adverse effects or contraindications to treatment 74 (93) 5.2 (1.0) 42 (53) 3.6 (1.5)
Receiving and reading follow-up letters from the ophthalmologists concerning glaucoma patients 76 (94) 5.3 (1.0) 57 (70) 4.3 (1.5)
  1. aAnswered 4 or above on a 1–6 numerical scale (1-never; 6-always)
  2. bAnswered 4 or above on a 1–6 numerical scale (1-not at all; 6-to a very large extent)
  3. 1Statement describing PCP’s behavior in practice
  4. 2Statement describing the assumed role of the PCP in glaucoma care