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J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2012 Jul-Aug;52(4):515-8, 1 p following 518. doi: 10.1331/JAPhA.2012.11015.

Pharmaceutical care program for elderly patients with uncontrolled hypertension.

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  • 1College of Pharmacy, Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil.



To evaluate the effect of a pilot pharmaceutical care program developed for elderly patients with uncontrolled hypertension.


Nonrandomized single intervention pre/posttest blood pressure study in a community pharmacy in Aracaju, Brazil. This study enrolled elderly patients diagnosed with essential hypertension and uncontrolled blood pressure. Monthly visits were scheduled during a 10-month period. Pharmaceutical interventions were focused on health education and monitoring of drug-related problems. Primary outcomes included target blood pressure control, reduction in blood pressure, pulse pressure, medication adherence, and reduction of anthropometric indices.


35 of 51 patients completed the study. After 10 months of intervention, 57.2% of elderly patients achieved blood pressure control (P = 0.000) and the mean reduction was 26.6 mm Hg (P < 0.0001) for systolic blood pressure, 10.4 mm Hg (P < 0.0001) for diastolic blood pressure, and 15.7 mm Hg (P < 0.0001) for pulse pressure. Medication adherence also improved (P = 0.0000); however, anthropometric indices remained unchanged.


The pharmaceutical care program improved outcomes by reducing and controlling blood pressure and improving medication adherence among elderly patients with uncontrolled hypertension.

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