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|Title:||Medication taking behaviour and hypertension: A review of the literature|
|subject:||hypertension; anti-hypertensive medication; intentional non-adherence|
|Description:||Hypertension is a global illness and one that affects circa 20% of the population. Despite the effectiveness of treatment, adherence with medication is a key concern, particularly in the elderly. Over the last 30 years, a variety of measures have been employed to assess adherence and yet no one measure is deemed to be the gold standard. Evidence suggests that it may be more reliable to use a combination of methods. Two forms of nonadherence are noted; intentional and unintentional. These forms are significantly different with regard to underpinning characteristics and patient features. In order to improve adherence with antihypertensive medication a shared decision making approach should be adopted during patient consultation, which focuses on patients’ impressions of illness and underpinning health beliefs. This approach to consultation should be actively encouraged as part of the medication management of patients.|
|Standard no:||Clinical Medicine: Cardiology. In press|
|Appears in Collections:||Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers|
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