Maximizing medication adherence in low-income hypertensives: a pilot study.

B. W. Applegate, S. C. Ames, D. J. Mehan, G. T. McKnight, G. N. Jones, P. J. Brantley

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Abstract

A pilot study was conducted to examine the association between free medication and comprehensive care on blood pressure control for 60 adults with uncontrolled essential hypertension (mean blood pressure = 157/96 mm Hg) referred from a variety of primary care clinics at a public teaching hospital. Subjects received comprehensive care, free antihypertensive medication dispensed in the clinic, and patient education regarding hypertension and medication compliance. Matched-pair t-tests revealed average drops in blood pressure of 22 mm Hg systolic and 13 mm Hg diastolic for the entire sample from baseline to 6 months post-enrollment (both P's < .001). The comprehensive hypertension management program with education and free medication was significantly related to reduced blood pressure across the 6 months of the study period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-356
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society : official organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
Volume152
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2000

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Applegate, B. W., Ames, S. C., Mehan, D. J., McKnight, G. T., Jones, G. N., & Brantley, P. J. (2000). Maximizing medication adherence in low-income hypertensives: a pilot study. The Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society : official organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society, 152(7), 349-356.