Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Print version ISSN 0080-6234
SANCHEZ, Cristiane Garcia; PIERIN, Angela Maria Geraldo and MION JR., Décio. Comparison of the profile of hypertensive patients seen in emergency unit with those receiving outpatient clinic treatment. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2004, vol.38, n.1, pp. 90-98. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342004000100011.
This study compares 100 hypertensive patients in emergency units with those who were seen in outpatient clinics. Hypertensive patients seen at the emergency unit showed to be different (p < 0.05) from those seen at the outpatient clinic regarding: higher blood pressure; lower income; not belonging to the hospital community; greater alcohol intake; became aware of their hypertension because felt bad; measured blood pressure less often; did not take the medicine more often. In conclusion, unfavorable characteristics can contribute to hypertensive patients who do not follow anti-hypertension treatment adequately, leading to care in emergency units.
Keywords : Hypertension; Anti-hypertension treatment; Compliance; Emergency medical services; Ambulatory care.