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Title
Factors influencing compliance and health seeking behaviour for hypertension in Mukono and Buikwe in Uganda : a qualitative study
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Abstract
Background and Methods. Hypertension is a global public health challenge and a leading risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Hypertension control rates are low worldwide, and delay in seeking care is associated with increased mortality. Methods. In a qualitative study, known hypertensive patients were interviewed to explore factors influencing compliance and health seeking behaviour (HSB). Data was analyzed following a semantic thematic analysis approach. Results. Patients sought various channels of care for their hypertension. Self-medication and access to antihypertensive drugs with or without prescription were common as well as use of herbal remedies. Regular monitoring of blood pressure was not a common practice. Factors influencing HSB were related to health systems and the patient socioeconomic and structural environment. The main system issues were related to availability and attitudes of staff and shortage of supplies and medicines. The patient factors were related to awareness, perceived severity, perceived effectiveness of therapy, adverse effects, and perceived fears of lifelong dependence on medicines. The patient socioeconomic status played a role as did the marketing of traditional medicine. Conclusion. Patients seek varied channels of care for their hypertension. Strategies to address the multifactorial dimensions that affect HSB are needed to improve hypertension control in this population.
Language
English
Source (journal)
International Journal of Hypertension
Publication
2018
ISSN
2090-0384
2090-0392
Volume/pages
(2018) , 13 p.
Article Reference
8307591
ISI
000431609900001
Pubmed ID
29854433
Medium
E-only publicatie
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Project info
Scaling-up Packages of Interventions for Cardiovascular disease prevention in selected sites in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa: An implementation research (SPICES)
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Web of Science
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Creation 09.05.2018
Last edited 14.09.2021
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