EVALUATION OF HYPERTENSION KNOWLEDGE AND DRUG ADHERENCE AMONG SOUTH INDIAN POPULATIONAbstract
Objective: To investigate the patient’s knowledge of hypertension fact with validated Morisky questionnaires and management of drug adherence. Materials and Methods: The aim of one present study was undertaken 100 patients attending the cardiology, outpatient department in various private sector hospitals in southern Tamilnadu and to assess the patient’s medication knowledge and drug adherence on hypertension with validated questionnaires method. Results: Out of 100 hypertensive patients (17%) of the subjects had adequate, (21%) of the patients had moderate medication knowledge about hypertension or maximum while (62%) were categorized as poor medication and adherence 35% of the people are in medium adherence only 3% are in high adherence. Conclusion: The disease knowledge of subjects’ rate was low, and patients were unsure of the benefits of continuous medication use and resulted in non-adherence. Educating hypertensive patients clarifying doubt regarding the benefits of adherence, medication uses, and control hypertension.
G. Karthikeyan * and D. Ranganayakulu
Sri Padmavathi School of Pharmacy Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India.
23 March 2014
19 August 2014
26 August 2013
01 September 2014