Title

Factors affecting the compliance to anti-hypertensive medications among hypertensive patients aged 60 years old and above in DLSUMC-OPD, November to December 2015

Date of Completion

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Clinical Pharmacology

Keywords

Hypertension

Abstract

This study was conducted to determine the different factors affecting the compliance to anti-hypertensive medications of hypertensive patients ages 60 years old and above in DLSUMC-OPD, November to December 2015. Out-patients diagnosed, for at least 1 year, of primary or secondary hypertension with or without co-morbid illness, aged 60 and above, coherent to time, person and place selected through convenient sampling. Each patient was given a self-administered questionnaire consisting of demographic data and hypertension questionnaire to determine the factors affecting compliance to anti-hypertension medications. The factors that determined compliance were frequency of dosing, absence of symptoms, intake of non-antihypertensive drugs, number of antihypertensive drugs, presence of caregiver, family financial support to patient, physician's health teaching. The factors that lead to non-compliance were cost of medication and forgetfulness. Most elderly hypertensive patients in DLSUMC-OPD were compliant to their anti-hypertensive medication. The physician's health education played an important role in their compliance.

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