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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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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.

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.

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