Essay On Hypertension

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The study in this article was trying to determine if a pharmaceutical care program improved medication adherence in hypertension patients. There was a total of 197 participants, 99 in the control group and 98 in the intervention group. Eligible patients had to be at least 18 years old, have a pre-established diagnosis of arterial hypertension, and have been on antihypertensive medication for at least 6 months. The intervention group received pharmaceutical care, which was defined as a baseline visit and quarterly follow up visits. In each of these visits, the pharmacist conducted a thorough interview of each patient, identified problems that lead to poor blood pressure (BP) control, provided education and counseling to each patient, BP…show more content…
A study like this should last 1 or 2 years to adequately measure medication adherence with pharmaceutical care. Finally, the biggest limitation in this study is that it is difficult to tell if BP control was achieved because of medication adherence or because of the lifestyle changes and self-monitoring techniques taught to patients in the intervention group. Further research needs to be done in order to properly address these limitations. A study lasting at least one to two years should be conducted in order to measure adherence over time. Also, extra care should be taken to ensure that the health care professionals involved with patient care are blinded to avoid potentially biased results. Finally, since BP control could have been influenced by other factors, such as recommended lifestyle changes, researchers need to use a different method to measure medication adherence. Patients should instead have to log their medication or bring in their empty medication containers as a way to clearly see that they have adhered to their medication. Even though the study’s findings report that pharmaceutical care improves medication adherence, I find it hard to agree with the results. I do not think that BP control was an effective means of measuring adherence, as it can be influenced by other aspects of the pharmaceutical care program. The patients in the intervention group could have had significantly better BP control due to the lifestyle changes recommended to
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