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|Title: ||Hypertension: the Patient’s Perception: an assessment of the knowledge of disease, medication and lifestyle modification of hypertensive patients attending the out patients Department of the Ghana Hospital, Accra.|
|Authors: ||Sam, Ellen|
|Issue Date: ||22-Nov-2004|
|Series/Report no.: ||3647;|
|Abstract: ||Background: Assessment of knowledge, attitude and practices is a crucial element of hypertension management because these are important factors in achieving blood pressure control. However little information is available in developing countries where hypertension has lately emerged as a major public health problem.
Objectives: To assess the knowledge of hypertensive patients on their condition and management.
Methods: Knowledge about disease, medication and life style modification of 100 hypertensive patients attending the out patients clinic of the police hospital was assessed using a 6 paged questionnaire.
Results: 59% of respondents are not aware of the need for long term therapy, 27% do not know the benefits of therapy and 56% do not know the side effects of their drugs. 47% do run out of medication, 62% do not know the effects of smoking on hypertension and 28% seldom keep their appointments.69% had never received information about their condition and it’s management and 49% could not recall their most recent blood pressure values.
Conclusion: Hypertensive’s are poorly informed about their condition and management.
Key words: hypertension • patient knowledge • blood pressure control.|
|Description: ||A thesis submitted to the Department of Clinical and Social Pharmacy in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science degree in Clinical Pharmacy, 2004|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Health Sciences|
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