Lay perspectives on hypertension and drug adherence

July 18, 2012

Source: BMJ, early online, 9th July 2012

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Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Systematic review

In a nutshell: This systematic review looked at 53 qualitative studies of patients with hypertension. The interviews highlighted patients’ beliefs and understanding of the causes and effects of hypertension and gave some explanation for their non-adherence to drug treatment. The authors concluded that clinicians need to understand better their patients’ concerns about drug side effects and experiences with symptoms.

Length of publication: 16 pages

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Improving blood pressure control through a clinical pharmacist outreach program

July 18, 2012

Source: Circulation, 2012, 125 (23), p. 2863-2872

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Date of publication: June 2012

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: The authors of this study designed a pharmacist-led care management programme to improve blood pressure control among patients with type 2 diabetes who had persistent hypertension. The pharmacists had access to electronic pharmacy prescribing and clinical data systems and promoted adherence by use of motivational interviewing.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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Four in one polypill halves predicted cardiovascular risk

June 9, 2011

Source: BMJ, 2011, 342 (7809) p. 1229

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Date of publication: June 2011

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A randomised study of 378 people who took a 12-week treatment of the polypill has led researchers to calculate that long-term use would reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and ischaemic stroke by approximately 60%. Larger trials are now needed to test whether the combination of medicines in a polypill improves patient adherence.

Length of publication: 1 page

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