Knowledge attitudes, beliefs, and blood pressure control in a community-based sample in Ghana

Jacqueline Spencer, Erica Phillips, Gbenga Ogedegbe

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Cardiovascular disease, in particular hypertension (HTN), is a significant and growing public health problem in developing countries, such as sub-Saharan Africa. As such, it is imperative to develop a public health approach to the management and treatment of hypertension. In order to address the growing prevalence of hypertension in this region, an in-depth understanding of patients' knowledge, and awareness about the treatment and prevention of hypertension is needed. As part of a faith-based medical clinic in the Sekondi-Takoradi area in Ghana, we conducted a cross sectional survey of 1135 patients who attended a free medical clinic between March 2001 and March 2002, to assess the prevalence, awareness, knowledge, and treatment of HTN. Using qualitative methodology, we also explored patients' beliefs about hypertension and its consequences. Of the 1135 patients, 30% were hypertensive (and 62% of these had Stage II hypertension), 73% were aware of their diagnosis, 59% were being treated, and only 5% had adequate blood pressure (BP) control defined as blood pressure

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)748-752
Number of pages5
JournalEthnicity and Disease
Volume15
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2005

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Ghana
Blood Pressure
Hypertension
Public Health
Africa South of the Sahara
Developing Countries
Cardiovascular Diseases
Therapeutics
Cross-Sectional Studies

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Beliefs
  • Ghana
  • Hyperstension
  • Knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)

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Knowledge attitudes, beliefs, and blood pressure control in a community-based sample in Ghana. / Spencer, Jacqueline; Phillips, Erica; Ogedegbe, Gbenga.

In: Ethnicity and Disease, Vol. 15, No. 4, 09.2005, p. 748-752.

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