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Eye nurse gets grant for glaucoma research

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A Cambridgeshire nurse has been awarded a £25,000 research grant to aid the work she and a doctor are doing on the treatment of glaucoma.

Debra Jones, a glaucoma specialist nurse at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, and Professor Rupert Bourne have won the joint grant from International Glaucoma Association and Royal College of Nursing.

The award will fund their 12-month project to develop an evidence-based clinical tool that will hopefully help clinicians predict risk of non-adherence to topically applied glaucoma medication.

They will initially investigate factors that may affect glaucoma patients adhering to their eye drop medications and, based on the findings, develop a simple tool for predicting non-adherence risk.

In the long term, they said it should produce a better understanding of the relationship between patient factors such as ocular surface disease, patient knowledge and treatment non-adherence to help deliver more patient-centred care in the future.

The IGA and RCN Research Grant is given to individual nurses or departments, based in the UK or Ireland, and is awarded annually.

It is intended to enable more research into supporting patients during their glaucoma care.

IGA chief executive Russell Young said: “We believe that the results of research such as this can make a real difference to people living with glaucoma. All too often the IGA receives calls from people who are having difficulty in taking their eye drops.

“The development of an evidence based clinical tool, will help to identify who is at risk, so that clinical support can be allocated and provided,” he added.

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