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Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences

On-line version ISSN 2175-9790

Abstract

SANTOS, Brigitte Rieckmann Martins dos et al. Blood pressure levels and adherence to treatment of hypertensive patients, users of a school pharmacy. Braz. J. Pharm. Sci. [online]. 2010, vol.46, n.3, pp.421-430. ISSN 2175-9790.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1984-82502010000300004.

Adherence to pharmacological treatment for hypertension is considered a key factor in guaranteeing successful therapy outcomes. Knowledge of the disease, its complications, as well as the need for changes in lifestyle, call for patient motivation and continuous interactive education. The evidence regarding the beneficial effects of changes in life style by hypertensive individuals in reducing the complications of the disease, as well as in its prevention are indisputable. However, the challenges posed by patient adherence to treatment prescribed by doctors remain. The aim of this study was to assess blood pressure levels together with degree of adherence to pharmacological treatment with Enalapril Maleate by means of the Morisky-Green Test, in hypertensive patients who were users of a School Pharmacy. Of the 102 patients interviewed, 65.7% had controlled blood pressure, but only 36.3% indicated total compliance with the pharmacological treatment. The Morisky-Green test proved ineffective in associating controlled blood pressure levels and positive attitudes toward taking antihypertensive medicines.

Keywords : Adherence; Hypertension; Health Promotion.

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