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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Medical non-compliance has been identified as a major public health problem in the treatment of Hypertension. OBJECTIVE: To identify factors related to non-Compliance with the treatment of patients with Hypertension.PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total number of (400) hypertensive patient was enrolled to assess compliance rate at Shorsh General Hospital from July 21/2006 to July 21/2007, using a structured questionnaire. RESULT: The study revealed a low compliance rate among hypertensive patients, Males were less compliant (65.6%) than females (46%). Smokers (61.7%) more than non-smokers (50.6%),non-regular follow-up (76.7%) more than regular, primary and secondary education (68.5%) more than illiterate and high education, more than one medication (66.9%)than single medication. Poverty was the main cause of non-compliance (38.1) while absence of drugs and medical staff are the least to cause non-compliance (2.7%). CONCLUSION: Compliance rate in general is low in our study. Compliance rate is more in female, no family history, single drug medication, non-smokers, no other chronic diseases, more than 10 years of hypertension. Patient’s knowledge about their disease is insufficient because there are no health educational programs