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The knowledge profile of patients with hypertension

A. V. Stewart, C. J. Eales, S. de Charmoy
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 56, No 4 | a528 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp.v56i4.528 | © 2018 A. V. Stewart, C. J. Eales, S. de Charmoy | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 September 2018 | Published: 30 November 2000

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A. V. Stewart, Department of Physiotherapy, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
C. J. Eales, Department of Physiotherapy, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
S. de Charmoy, Department of Physiotherapy, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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Abstract

A sample of 62 patients at a hypertension clinic at a tertiary care hospital was interviewed to establish which factors contributed to poor knowledge. Patients were interviewed to establish basic demographic data, their own risk factors, various psycho-social factors as well as their knowledge of the disease process and risk factor management. A step-wise logistic regression was done to establish which factors were predictive of the knowledge of patients with hypertension. It was found that a good quality of life (p=0.003); normal sex-life (p=0.00); home language of English or Afrikaans (p=0.002); educational status (p=0.00) and annual income (0.01) were predictive of patients’ knowledge. Patients with a better quality of life had better knowledge than those with a poor quality of life (p=0.05).

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hypertension; knowledge; education; language; socio-economics; quality of life

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