1181: Hypertension: Understanding the reasons for and against compliance with therapy

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Author(s): 
A. Malik, F. Popoola, M. Sufian Butt
Family Medicine, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland
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Objective: The goal of this study is to assess the compliance of hypertensive patients with their therapy. Our hypothesis is that hypertensive patients are unlikely to comply with their prescribed regimen because of the lack of physical symptoms. Hypertension is a disease that if left untreated can have a fatal outcome; but since the symptoms are not severe in the early course of the disease – patients are unlikely to comply.
Methods: A survey questionnaire will be conducted in Lodz, which is a city in the Centre of Poland. The surveys will be carried out through family physician clinics that manage hypertensive patients. This survey will include questions regarding the patient‘s adherence to therapy as well as lifestyle changes as advised by their doctor. The patients will also be questioned about factors affecting their decision.
Results: The data presented will be a collection of the results from the questionnaire for each individual patient that will have a diagnosis of hypertension confirmed by the doctor and were prescribed medication to treat the condition.
Conclusion: The results from the conducted survey are expected to support our hypothesis. This information will provide us guidance to better educate our patients about compliance and also encourage medical professionals to manage their patients. This study can further be compared with compliance in other chronic diseases like diabetes to illustrate a relationship between compliance and severity of symptoms.

Disclosure: No conflict of interest declared