Assessment of Patients’ Compliance with Essential Hypertension


AbstractObjective:This study aims to asses the patients' compliance with essential hypertension in respect to antihypertensive medications, follow-up, dietary pattern and health habits, to identify the associated long-term complications, and to find out the relationship between patient's compliance, and demographic characteristics such as age, gender, level of education, and duration of disease.Methodology: A descriptive study was carried out in Nasiriyah Teaching Hospital to achieve presented objectives . Results: The results of the study revealed that there were a significant association between educational level and total patient's compliance, a significant association was found between the duration of disease and complications, the majority (63%) of the sample was non-complaint, most of them was males with low level of education and (70%) of them had complications. A greater number (21%) suffering from (Cerebrovascular accident). Recommendation: The research recommends that establishing well-equipped specialized hypertension clinics, educational program should be designed, antihypertensive drugs should be supported by government, antihypertensive medications must be obtained from the out patient clinic to avoid buying them from private pharmacies to maintain patients compliance, and further study can be conducted in Iraq to determine the impact of non-compliance of patients with essential hypertension.