Revista Salud Uninorte
Print version ISSN 0120-5552
CONTRERAS OROZCO, Astrid. Factors that influence adherence to drug treatments and non-drug patients registered in the Program of Control of Hypertension of the Basic Care Unit COOMEVA. Sincelejo (Colombia), 2006. Salud, Barranquilla [online]. 2010, vol.26, n.2, pp. 201-211. ISSN 0120-5552.
Objective: To describe the factors that influence over hypertensive patient's adherence to pharmacological and non pharmacological treatment. COOMEVA. Sincelejo, 2006. Materials and methods: Descriptive-quantitative transversal study. The sample was composed of 276 patients between the ages of 35 and 106 years old, 68% masculine and 32% feminine, whom were chosen through a simple random sampling. The information was obtained through a validated instrument and processed by SPSS software. Results: The average age was 61.5 years old. 98% of the participants have no risk factors for adherence problem. Within the factors that influence over treatment adherence, 95% of the patients manifest to have family support in order to complete the treatment, 98% have always had knowledge about their follow up appointments and think that the treatment has been beneficial. 52% of the patients express that having Arterial Hypertension worries them and generates distress because of the changes they must make in their daily life. Conclusions: The therapeutic adherence found in the study reflects that the patients are committed to their health care and attentive pleasant behavior from the health personnel motivates adherence to treatment. However, the study reports that 52% of the patients need strengthening strategies in assuming their disease in order to not be affected emotionally by it.
Keywords : Adherence; treatment,; factors; patients; arterial hypertension.