[PS 03-23] FACTORS AFFECTING ANTIHYPERTENSIVE MEDICATIONS ADHERENCE AMONG HYPERTENSIVE PATIENTS IN SAUDI ARABIA

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Abstract

Objective:

Little is known about predictors of antihypertensive medications adherence in Saudi Arabia. This study examined the level of antihypertensive medication adherence and its predictors in Saudi Arabia.

Design and method:

Cross-sectional study of 308 participants from a general hospital in Jeddah city, Saudi Arabia.

Results:

27.9% were classified as perfect adherents and 72.1% were classified as non-perfect adherents. Predictors were having non-formal education (p = 0.031, OR = 2.3, 95%CI = [1.82–5]), reporting a poor relationship with physicians (p = 0.004, OR = 2.25, 95%CI = [1.29–3.9]), and having no co-morbidities (p = 0.048, OR = 1.86, 95%CI [1.00–3.46]).

Conclusions:

The outcome of this study highlights the need for policies and interventions that enhance the level of formal education at a population level and improve physician-patient relationships in health care settings.

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