Role of Telecommunication in Improving Adherence of Hypertensive Patients

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Indian Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 2008; 1(1):47-49
Research Article | doi:Nill

Role of Telecommunication in Improving Adherence of Hypertensive Patients

Authors and affiliation (s):

Mohammed Tayub, Shaheena Desai, Arwa Moosajee, Shaakira Tharmohamed, Shamia Tourbaly, Sunitha C. Srinivas*

Rhodes University, Grahamstown 6140, Republic of South Africa


To increase the knowledge of hypertension amongst support staff of Rhodes University, and to improve adherence of hypertensive patients using telecommunication methods. Questionnaire regarding hypertension, adherence and lifestyle was used to collect pre intervention data of 24 hypertensive patients. Medication diaries were administered and an interactive educational intervention was designed to cater to the specific needs of the target group. Simultaneously, the Short Message Service (SMS) intervention was implemented, where each patient received an SMS five minutes prior to the time required to take their medication. A reminder sheet was handed out to patients to remind them what was required in terms of lifestyle changes. At the end of two weeks, medication diaries were collected and questionnaire was used to collect post intervention data. Weight and blood pressure were measured for each patient before and after the educational intervention.It was observed that the awareness and adherence levels of hypertensive patients were low prior to the intervention. The pre-intervention analysis provided an overall measure in the three major fields, knowledge on hypertension, lifestyle and adherence, which then served as guidelines to design the educational intervention. The intervention emphasized lifestyle habits, awareness of hypertension, and underlined importance of adherence. Subsequent to the education and SMS intervention, there was a major difference in the awareness and adherence levels. Patient education and telecommunication methods increased the knowledge and adherence levels of our target group


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