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Appraisal of the knowledge of hypertensive patients and assessment of the role of the pharmacists in the management of hypertension: results of a regional survey.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15830000     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The objectives of the study were to appraise the knowledge which the patients have about their hypertension, and to assess the knowledge and involvement of pharmacists in the management of the hypertensive patient. All the pharmacies in the Poitou-Charentes area were invited both to participate in a training session about arterial hypertension and asked to fill in a pharmacist's questionnaire. Furthermore, each participant was required to submit a patient's questionnaire to 20 consecutive hypertensives. A total of 104 pharmacies and 1015 hypertensive patients participated in the survey. In all, 88% of the patients (n = 893) were aware of their blood pressure (BP) figures, but 68% (349/515) considered themselves wrongly, to be normalized; 39% (n = 350) only had BP figures <140/90 mmHg. They said they had been poorly informed about recommended lifestyle changes. In all, 18% (n = 185) were equipped with an automatic device. A total of 77% (n = 779) were able to give the names of their drugs without the help of the pharmacist. Treatment-related unwanted effects were reported by 8% of the patients (n = 79). Only 18% (n = 29) of the pharmacists were able to provide a correct definition of hypertension. Most of them thought hypertension was well controlled in the general population and considered that both tolerance of and compliance with antihypertensive treatment were satisfactory. They could most often (80%, n = 135) supply a SBPM device, but 58 (36%) only were able to provide relevant advice regarding the recommended procedures. In conclusion, The BP goals and the lifestyle modifications are poorly known by the hypertensives. Pharmacists' knowledge is frequently wrong and should be improved by appropriate training programmes.
S Ragot; P Sosner; G Bouche; J Guillemain; D Herpin
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human hypertension     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0950-9240     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hum Hypertens     Publication Date:  2005 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-06-22     Completed Date:  2005-10-13     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8811625     Medline TA:  J Hum Hypertens     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  577-84     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculté de Médecine et de Pharmacie, Institut Universitaire de Santé Publique, Poitiers, France.
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MeSH Terms
Antihypertensive Agents / therapeutic use*
Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory
Community Pharmacy Services / statistics & numerical data*
Data Collection
Hypertension / drug therapy*
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)*
Patient Compliance
Patient Education as Topic*
Professional Role*
Professional-Patient Relations
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antihypertensive Agents

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