The purpose of this research was to assess and evaluate elderly patient's attitudes and behavior regarding educational and physical barriers and the impact on adherence to ocular pharmaceuticals. A 19 question survey was developed and in order to collect data. The survey was administered in person at the Edina Senior Center and the Burnsville Senior Center and online via Zoomerang survey software regarding elderly patient attitudes on educational and physical barriers and their impact on ocular pharmaceutical adherence. Findings from this study indicate elderly patients treating an ocular condition with ocular pharmaceuticals expressed strong agreement with improving upon both educational and physical barriers as beneficial. Participants described their desire to address both barriers with eye care providers and with the ocular pharmaceutical products. Recommendations for further study included investigation of possible interventions addressing the impact of educational and physical barriers to elderly patient adherence to ocular pharmaceuticals. To conclude, health education professionals can provide education strategies to elderly patients by integrating information regarding educational and physical barriers to ocular pharmaceutical adherence by partnering with eye care providers, other healthcare professionals dispensing ocular pharmaceuticals, and the manufacturers of ocular pharmaceuticals.


Judith K. Luebke

First Committee Member

Dawn Larsen

Second Committee Member

Marge Murray-Davis

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Health Science


Allied Health and Nursing

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