Background: Pilot educational meetings were conducted to (1) verify the support of hypertensive patients in this initiative; (2) test the knowledge of patients regularly followed-up in our Hypertension Centre Outpatient Clinic concerning problems related to hypertension; (3) improve patients knowledge about hypertension through a formal teaching session, (4) compare the knowledge of these patients with that of a control group. Methods: An invitation to participate in an educational program on hypertension was extended to 210 consecutive patients (group I) followed-up in the outpatient clinic of our Hypertension Centre. Each meeting included four sessions: (1) an interactive phase with electronic devices aimed at evaluating the degree of information about hypertension by means of multiple-choice questionnaires, (2) a traditional teaching session, (3) an interactive phase to assess the compliance to treatment, and (4) a general discussion session. The control group (II) included 144 hypertensive patients referred for the first time to our Hypertension Centre. Before the initial visit the patients were asked to answer a questionnaire identical to that provided to group I during the meetings. Results: The meetings were attended by 183 out of the 210 patients in group I (participation rate = 87%). The answers to the questions were corrected as a percentage ranging from 73.7 to 95.6 in group I and from 43.9 to 74.7 in group II (p < 0.01). The provision of more detailed information about problems in hypertension was associated with better compliance to treatment and blood pressure control. (BP under treatment 138 ± 14/83 ± 7 mmHg in group I, 152 ± 15/91 ± 11 mmHg in group II; (p < 0.01). Conclusions: Our data indicate that this type of educational approach is appreciated by patients (participation rate 87%) and that the level of knowledge about hypertension and compliance to treatment are greater in selected patients than in control patients.
CUSPIDI, C., Lonati, L., Sampieri, L., Michev, I., Macca, G., Fusi, V., et al. (2000). "To better know hypertension": Educational meetings for hypertensive patients. BLOOD PRESSURE, 9(5), 255-259 [10.1080/080370500448632].
|Citazione:||CUSPIDI, C., Lonati, L., Sampieri, L., Michev, I., Macca, G., Fusi, V., et al. (2000). "To better know hypertension": Educational meetings for hypertensive patients. BLOOD PRESSURE, 9(5), 255-259 [10.1080/080370500448632].|
|Tipo:||Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico|
|Carattere della pubblicazione:||Scientifica|
|Presenza di un coautore afferente ad Istituzioni straniere:||No|
|Titolo:||"To better know hypertension": Educational meetings for hypertensive patients|
|Autori:||CUSPIDI, C; Lonati, L; Sampieri, L; Michev, I; Macca, G; Fusi, V; Salerno, M; Zanchetti, A|
CUSPIDI, CESARE (Primo)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2000|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/080370500448632|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista|