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Cross-sectional study
Increased age and understanding about treatment linked to better antihypertensive adherence
  1. Felicity Astin
  1. School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to : Professor Felicity Astin, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Queensgate, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 3DH, UK; F.Astin{at}hud.ac.uk

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Implications for practice and research

  • Health professionals should assess the accuracy of patients and families beliefs about hypertension and the effectiveness of medications as a way to control blood pressure.

  • Future large-scale studies could examine the potential of demographic factors (social network characteristics and age) and illness perceptions as predictors of medication adherence.

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Medication adherence is commonplace with around 40–45% of patients prescribed cardiovascular therapies classified as non-adherent.1 ,2 Patients choose how they self-manage their medications and a range of factors can influence medicine management behaviour such as: individual patient characteristics; medication regimen; features of the health condition and healthcare delivery.3 Leventhal's Self-Regulatory …

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