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Barriers to adoption of a personal health record in an ophthalmic setting: lessons from implementation of a Glaucoma Patient Passport

Authors Badran I, Bruynseels A, Khan S, Sii F, Shah P

Received 11 March 2019

Accepted for publication 3 May 2019

Published 25 July 2019 Volume 2019:13 Pages 1369—1375


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Imad Badran,1,2 Alice Bruynseels,1,3 Salim Khan,2 Freda Sii,1,3 Peter Shah1,3–5

1Ophthalmology Department, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham, UK; 2Department for Therapies and Public Health, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK; 3Birmingham Institute for Glaucoma Research, Institute for Translational Medicine, Birmingham, UK; 4Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, London, UK; 5Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement, School of Health and Wellbeing, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK

Purpose: Self-care in chronic disease is increasingly important. In glaucoma services, there is an unmet need for a self-care tool such as a patient passport. This study aims to evaluate adoption of a new self-care tool, the Glaucoma Patient Passport (GPP) within a tertiary hospital glaucoma service.
Patients and methods: The GPP was designed following consultation exercises between patients and clinicians at the first and second UK National Glaucoma Think Tanks. A patient questionnaire, comprising a mixed methods quantitative and qualitative research approach was used to explore the utility of GPP, patient attitude to GPP and barriers to adoption, 6 months after GPP receipt.
Results: GPP feedback was received from 62 patients. On-going utilization of the GPP after receipt was high, at 84%, with patients most commonly using the GPP at home, to “look for information.” Seventy-three percent reported improved knowledge of glaucoma care since using the GPP, with two-thirds (63%) reporting that the GPP had improved their glaucoma care. Three main themes were identified in exploring barriers to GPP adoption; clinician involvement in GPP use, GPP size, and GPP use in visual impairment.
Conclusion: Implementation and adoption of the world’s first GPP were a success. GPP utility was high and patient attitudes were predominantly positive, with improved self-care. However, several areas were identified for future GPP improvement. The GPP has the potential to improve patient self-care in glaucoma, bridging the care gap created by the increased workload in glaucoma services.

Keywords: chronic disease, self-care, patient passport, ophthalmology

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