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J Glaucoma. 2014 Feb;23(2):75-80. doi: 10.1097/IJG.0b013e318265bbf3.

Survey on vision-related quality of life and self-management among patients with glaucoma.

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  • 1*Eye and ENT Hospital †School of Nursing, Fudan University ‡Ninth People's Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, P.R. China.



The aim of the study was to investigate the vision-related quality of life in glaucoma patients and identify the possible predictors for outcomes.


A total sample of 167 subjects with glaucoma was recruited using a convenience sampling strategy. The National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire (NEI-VFQ-25) and the Glaucoma Self-Management Questionnaire were used for assessing vision-related quality of life and self-management behavior, respectively. The demographic and disease-related data were also collected.


Regarding the vision-related quality of life, the lowest scores were for general health (32.78±23.59), followed by general vision (46.35±19.52). The highest score was for the dimension of color vision (89.02±20.76). Multiple linear regression analysis demonstrated that self-management behavior, positive glaucoma family history, and binocular visual acuity were predictors of vision-related quality of life in this patient group.


The current study indicates that vision-related quality of life in glaucoma patients is at a moderate level in China. Self-management behavior is an important predictor. Demographic data may not increase the explanatory effect. Future research should focus on how to integrate self-management skills into routine nursing practice for patients with glaucoma.

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