Knowledge, adherence and control among patients with hypertension attending a peri-urban primary health care clinic, KwaZulu-Natal

African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine


 
 
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Title Knowledge, adherence and control among patients with hypertension attending a peri-urban primary health care clinic, KwaZulu-Natal
 
Creator Olowe, Olumuyiwa A. Ross, Andrew J.
 
Subject Family Medicine Hypertension; Knowledge; Adherenc; Control; Peri-urban; KwaZulu-Natal
Description Background: Despite hypertension being a common condition among patients attending primary health care (PHC) clinics, blood pressure (BP) control is often poor. Greater insight into patient-related factors that influence the control of hypertension will assist in the development of an intervention to address the issues identified.Aim: The aim of the study was to assess patient-related variables associated with hypertension control among patients attending a peri-urban PHC clinic.Setting: The setting for this study was a peri-urban PHC clinic in KwaZulu-Natal.Method: This was an observational, descriptive and cross-sectional study with 348 patients selected over a 1-month period. A validated questionnaire was used to collect data on patients’ hypertension knowledge and self-reported adherence, and BP recordings from their medical record were recorded to ascertain control.Results: Of the 348 participants, only 49% had good BP control and 44% (152/348) had concurrent diabetes mellitus. The majority of patients had moderate levels of knowledge on hypertension and exhibited moderate adherence. There was a significant relationship between knowledge and reported adherence, between reported adherence and control, but not between reported knowledge and control.Conclusion: Despite over 90% of the study population having moderate knowledge, and 62% with moderate reported adherence, BP was well controlled in only less than 50% of the study population. These findings suggest a need to emphasise adherence and explore new ways of approaching adherence.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
Contributor none
Date 2017-10-19
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — observational, descriptive
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/phcfm.v9i1.1456
 
Source African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine; Vol 9, No 1 (2017); 7 pages 2071-2936 2071-2928
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/1456/2299 https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/1456/2298 https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/1456/2300 https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/1456/2286
 
Coverage Peri Urban Community; KZN May - June 2015 hypertensive patients
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