Journal of Family and Community Medicine

LEADING ARTICLE
Year
: 1997  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 47--53

Drug control of hypertension in primary health care centers-registered patients, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia


Ahmed G Elzubier1, Mohammed A Al-Shahri2 
1 Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine & Medical Sciences, King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
2 Ministry of Defense & Aviation, Al-Hada Military Hospital, Taif, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Mohammed A Al-Shahri
P.O. Box 40173, Al-Khobar 31952
Saudi Arabia

Objective : To assess the quality of the pharmacological control of hypertension. Design: A cross-sectional study. Subjects: Primary health care centers-registered hypertensive patients. Setting: Primary health care centers in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Methods: Data was recorded, using a structured questionnaire, through direct interviewing of patients, and from their medical records. It included demographic characteristics, hypertension related, and doctors«SQ»-related variables; and patients«SQ» utilization of other health facilities and whether they had other chronic diseases. Results: The proportion of patients with controlled hypertension was 37%. It was significantly increased with age below 55 years, with non-Saudis, duration of treatment shorter than 5 years; and with the use of monotherapy. Doctors«SQ» care-related variables did not show significant variation with the number of controlled patients which may imply that the quality of follow-up might not be adequate. Conclusions: The proportion of controlled patients cared for in the PHC centers is low. The factors associated with control were age, and the use of a single antihypertensive drug. The study questions the quality of follow-up of patients by the PHC physicians.


How to cite this article:
Elzubier AG, Al-Shahri MA. Drug control of hypertension in primary health care centers-registered patients, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.J Fam Community Med 1997;4:47-53


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Elzubier AG, Al-Shahri MA. Drug control of hypertension in primary health care centers-registered patients, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. J Fam Community Med [serial online] 1997 [cited 2020 Sep 23 ];4:47-53
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