Project ProfileNurses’ knowledge and awareness of glaucoma management in care home settings

The purpose of this study is to explore what nurses working in care homes understand about glaucoma and how this long-term condition can affect the health and wellbeing of older people. As there is little evidence about glaucoma management in long-term care settings, this study will generate baseline knowledge of formal carers’ knowledge of this condition and their everyday practice in relation to the care of people with this long-term condition.

Principal InvestigatorJanet Marsden

  • Start Date1 September, 2014
  • End Date30 September, 2015

Project TeamProfessor Janet Marsden, Professor Josie Tetley and Donna Davenport

External Providers and Collaborators

University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust

Projects Aims

The main aim is to gain insight into nurses’ knowledge and practice of glaucoma management for older people in care homes.

The objectives of the study are to:

  • Identify what nurses understand about glaucoma as a long-term condition and best practice in glaucoma management
  • Explore nurses’ knowledge and awareness of glaucoma medications and their relation to other topical and systemic medications
  • Study what nurses understand about the actual and potential impact of glaucoma on the health and wellbeing of older people
  • Generate baseline knowledge of the everyday practice of glaucoma management in long term settings in order to develop education and training materials to enhance care-giving interventions and health outcomes


The study will be an explorative, mixed methods study in which 24 nurses will be interviewed using a semi-structured interview schedule. Findings from the interviews will be used to develop a glaucoma knowledge, understanding and attitudes questionnaire. This will be used to evaluate a study day with 40 nurses.


As a result of the project the following outcomes/results are anticipated.

Outcomes impact for nursing:

  • An enhanced understanding of the glaucoma education needs of nurses working in care home settings
  • The development and delivery of an education package, which can enhance nurses knowledge about, and care of, older people with glaucoma who are living in a care home

Possible outcomes/long-term impact for patients:

  • Reduced falls and other health complications
  • The prevention of avoidable vision loss in an at risk group of older people