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Rom J Intern Med. 2014 Jan-Mar;52(1):27-9.

Patients' beliefs and attitudes towards hypertension and its treatment: a rural practice pilot study.


An action research study was carried out to comprehend reasons for poor blood pressure control and to explore ways to disperse commonly-held myths in a rural community in northern Greece.


Registered patients under antihypertensive treatment, with a routine follow-up appointment in a primary health care center, were surveyed with the use of an original questionnaire.


Patients' satisfaction with blood pressure management did not reflect actual control within the targeted levels, whereas only 4 out of 10 patients had good levels of blood pressure. Patients with a lower educational level stated that a morning pill should not be taken before a laboratory blood test.


Primary health care providers are urged to view hypertension through their patients' "eyes" in order to provide more effective patient-centered care.

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