Medical and Dental Consultantsí Association of Nigeria
Home - About us - Editorial board - Search - Ahead of print - Current issue - Archives - Submit article - Instructions - Subscribe - Advertise - Contacts - Login 
  Users Online: 1200   Home Print this page Email this page Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 159-162

Knowledge and practice of hypertensive patients as seen in a tertiary hospital in the middle belt of Nigeria

1 Department of Medicine, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria
2 Department of Surgery, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
I A Katibi
Department of Medicine, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 20499748

Rights and PermissionsRights and Permissions

Background: Hypertension remains the commonest non-communicable disease in Nigeria and a leading cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Knowledge and practice among hypertensive patients were therefore assessed as a prelude towards attaining better blood pressure control. Materials and Method: 224 consecutive hypertensive patients were prospectively studied using a pre-tested questionnaire. Results: Majority of the hypertensive patients attending University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital were either traders or business men/women (44.5%). Only 35.8% had their blood pressure well controlled and about 61% were diagnosed for the first time to be hypertensive in the teaching hospital. 34% of the patients commuted a distance of more than 5km to the hospital to receive antihypertensive care. 52% and 25% of the patients checked their blood pressure monthly and three-monthly respectively. One patient volunteered history of smoking. 48% and 51.8% knew that smoking increases the propensity to develop complications and that exercise is beneficial for the control of blood pressure respectively. Knowledge of the possible complications of hypertension was very poor as 58.9% of the patients scored less than average. Only 41.1% and 1.8% of the patients were aware that excessive salt and fat intake could adversely affect the control of hypertension respectively. Conclusion: Blood pressure control is still unacceptably poor among hypertensive Nigerians. This may not be unconnected with the poor knowledge of hypertension and adverse practices by the patients.

Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded465    
    Comments [Add]    
    Cited by others 4    

Recommend this journal