Compliance and knowledge of hypertensive patients attending PHC centres in AL-Khobar, Saudi Arabia
AbstractThe compliance of hypertensive patients and patients' knowledge and misconceptions about hypertension were investigated in a cross-sectional study of all hypertensive patients  attending four primary health care centres in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. The mean age was 49.9 +/- 11.7 years. The overall compliance rate was 34.2%; the rate was lower in those aged < 55 years than older patients [26.2% versus 48.5%; P < 0.001]. It was also lower among educated than illiterate patients [30.4% and 38.1% respectively; P < 0.001]. About 44% of patients thought that they should stop drug treatment once they achieved blood pressure control and 66.3% believed that emotional stress was the most important etiological factor in hypertension. The findings indicate that there is a clear need for health education of hypertensive patients
Al Sowielem, L.S. & El Zubier, A.G. (1998). Compliance and knowledge of hypertensive patients attending PHC centres in AL-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 4 (2), 301-307, 1998 http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118129
JournalEMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 4 (2), 301-307, 1998
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