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ASSESSMENT OF QUALITY OF LIFE IN GLAUCOMA PATIENTS

Goran Pelčić
Iva Glavina
Jelena Jakab


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Abstract

Glaucoma is a chronic, asymptomatic disorder which affects 2% of the population over 40 years of age. Glaucoma
causes a signifi cant vision impairment with the consequences on daily activities of patients which affect negatively
their quality of life (QoL). The purpose of this paper is to give a review of instruments used in the QoL assessments of
glaucoma patients and methods of performance based assessment of visual function in glaucoma in daily life. The PubMed
was searched for the relevant literature. Thirteen quality of life scores used in glaucoma patients, method of performancebased
assessments of the ability to carry out daily activities, and three utility measures were investigated. Despite the fact
that there are no ideal instruments for the assessment of QoL of glaucoma patients, it should be incorporated in the plan of glaucoma patients treatment because of multiple benefi ts in optimizing the plan of treatment, education of the patients, the
patients’ self satisfaction, and in the reduction of fi nancial burden of the health care system. The Glaucoma Quality of Life
(GQL-15) score is acceptable in clinical practice due to its shortness and implementation

Keywords

Glaucoma – diagnosis, epidemiology, psychology, Quality of life – psychology, Health status indicators, Surveys and questionnaires

Hrčak ID:

178446

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https://hrcak.srce.hr/178446

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