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Hypertension: Patient adherence, health beliefs, health behaviour and modification

A. Stewart, C. J. Eales
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 58, No 1 | a482 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp.v58i1.482 | © 2018 A. Stewart, C. J. Eales | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 August 2018 | Published: 28 February 2002

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A. Stewart, Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
C. J. Eales, Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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Abstract

This paper presents the difficulties inherent in the management of hypertension. As patients are required to manage their hypertension by means of changing their health behaviour their own personal health beliefs come into play. Patients’ health beliefs are dependent on their culture, their understanding of health and their reactions to the health care system. An argument is made that for health behaviour to change patients have to be seen within a system which includes themselves, their families and the health care providers. Health advice has to be appropriate for individual patients and they have to be supported by their families and the health care system.


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hypertension; adherence; health beliefs; health behaviour; modification

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