Designing a blood pressure self-monitoring chart for patients and evaluating the effectiveness of blood pressure monitoring and hypertension treatment adherenceDesign and Method:
The study was conducted in two phases. In phase one, we created a chart- “Patient's blood pressure self-monitoring chart”- with friendly use interpretations using the Delphi method with three rounds. In phase two, we evaluated the acceptability and effectiveness of the chart among 197 hypertensive patients aged 50 years old or older in Tien Hai district, Thai Binh province, Vietnam in 2014.Results:
About acceptability, 80.3% of patients agreed that the chart could be applied in practice and 77% enjoyed using it. After 2 months of trial, the blood pressure self-monitoring rate increased from 38.1% to 80.3%, the rate of good treatment adherence (Morisky scale) rised from 0% to 7.1 %.Conclusions:
The results showed our chart is acceptable and the use of it potentially improve self-monitoring BP and treatment adherence among middle-age and older hypertension patients in rural settings of Vietnam.