Outcomes of Patients’ Compliance in the Management of Hypertension During COVID-19 Pandemic
Volume 5 - Issue 7, July 2022 Edition
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Cresdenn Kate S. Azcarraga, Christopher R. Banez
Compliance, COVID-19, Hypertension, Management
Introduction: With the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on our healthcare system, now is an excellent time to evaluate the country's current public health policy. While the world has been focused on finding a solution for the pandemic, other ailments may have gone unnoticed. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is one of them. Hypertension is one of the most common medical conditions linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. It is also one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in some parts of the world. Due to health and economic constraints, there is a greater possibility that hypertension will not be well monitored. It is essential to review hypertensive patients' coping mechanisms regarding their health and finances and to assess if their needs are met. Methodology: The researcher employed in-print survey questionnaire forms consisting of 3 parts. Safety protocol from the health Department was followed because of the continued threat of COVID-19. The questionnaire consists of items that determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hypertensive patients. Data was treated using weighted mean, ANOVA, and t-test. Result: The computed F-values with significance values higher than the set .05 level of significance reveal insignificant results. Meanwhile, the positive r-value of 0.070 along lifestyle indicates that the older the patient, the higher is its regard to lifestyle in dealing with hypertension during the pandemic. Therefore, it showed that the outcomes of patients' compliance in managing hypertension during the COVID-19 pandemic are significantly related to the patient's age. However, it is not significantly related to other profile variables, namely gender, civil status, highest educational attainment, occupation and number of years diagnosed with hypertension. Conclusion: The respondents are able to take their maintenance medicines even during the pandemic. However, there are perceived barriers and difficulties in compliance due to restrictions in transportation and fear of contracting the virus. The results of patients' compliance with hypertension during the COVID-19 pandemic are significantly related to their age but not to other patient profile variables such as gender, civil status, highest educational attainment, occupation, or the number of years diagnosed with hypertension, according to this study.
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