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Castañeda-Sánchez O, López del Castillo-Sánchez D, Araujo-López A
Pharmacological Compliance in Patients with High Blood Pressure at a Family Medicine Unit in Obregon City, Sonora, Mexico
Arch Med Fam 2008; 10 (1)

Language: Español
References: 20
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Objective: To determine compliance with antihypertensive drugs in patients with high blood pressure at a Family Medicine Unit in Sonora, Mexico. Materials and Methods: A descriptive transversal study was carried in patients with high blood pressure aged between 30 and 50 years, first at the clinic and subsequently, 15–20 days later at their home address, with five patients selected per work day who were chosen at random. Variables included age, gender, civil state, schooling, occupation, high blood pressure evolution time, lifestyle, and compliance with antihypertensive drugs. Compliance was measured by means of pill count, good compliance considered as between 80 and 110%. Data analysis included frequencies, percentages, central tendency measurements, and variance. Results: Of the 96 patients studied, 85 % exhibited compliance with antihypertensive drugs. A total of 42 % of individuals surveyed were in 40–45-years-of-age group and 69 % of these were females, with 78 % of subjects with ‹10 years of high blood pressure evolution. Conclusions: Compliance with pharmacological drugs appeared in the 85.4% of the studied population, and compliance was considered as good when it averaged 93 %. Nevertheless, strategies must be sought for pharmacological compliance in 100% of the population in order to obtain the control of high blood pressure and to prevent its possible complications.

Key words: Patient Compliance, Hypertension, Family Practice.


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