Of a randomly selected sample of 40 patients with chronic simple glaucoma 11 were identified as having failed to comply adequately with medical advice. Noncompliers were more likely: to be men, to have had no other medical disorder but glaucoma, not to rank glaucoma as most troubling if they had another illness, to have experienced side effects from the treatment, and not to have appreciated the association between glaucoma and blindness. Detailed clinical study revealed that several interrelated psychosocial factors contributed to noncompliance.
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