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Effect of education through a periodic newsletter on persistence with antihypertensive therapy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12627876     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Sufficient persistence with therapy is important to achieve the desired benefits of antihypertensive therapy. This study was designed to describe the rates of persistence with antihypertensive therapy for 1 year and to assess the effect of patient education by a periodic newsletter on persistence rates in general practice in Japan. Information on 5,324 patients who received the newsletter once a month for 1 year (intervention group; 53.9% of those originally registered) and 666 patients who did not receive the newsletter (control group; 94.3% of those originally registered) was obtained from a physician questionnaire (response rate: 54.3%). The rate of persistence with antihypertensive therapy in the intervention group was similar to that in the control group (91.7% vs. 90.7%, respectively). The patient questionnaire (response rate: 28.2%) indicated that most patients consistently read the newsletter and found it useful in understanding the management of hypertension. The results of this 1-year study showed that about 90% of patients persisted with therapy for 1 year. Although most of them evaluated the newsletter favorably, no clear effect of the newsletter on their persistence with therapy was revealed. However, these results do not rule out a possible effect of education on persistence with therapy over the long-term, and thus there is need of a longer-term study employing follow-up questionnaires.
Ikuo Saito; Takao Saruta
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Hypertension research : official journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0916-9636     ISO Abbreviation:  Hypertens. Res.     Publication Date:  2003 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-03-11     Completed Date:  2003-08-28     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9307690     Medline TA:  Hypertens Res     Country:  Japan    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  159-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Health Center, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Antihypertensive Agents / therapeutic use*
Hypertension / drug therapy*,  psychology*
Middle Aged
Patient Compliance
Patient Education as Topic / methods*
Periodicals as Topic*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antihypertensive Agents

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