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- Rate of Compliance among Patients with Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension
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Rate of Compliance among Patients with Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension.
Waleed Sweileh*, Ola Aker**, & Saed Hamooz**
*College of Pharmacy. An-Najah National University.
**Ministry of Health. Nablus Palestine.
Received: (29/12/2003), Accepted: (31/10/2004)
The purpose of this study is to measure the rate of compliance of patients
with chronic diseases (diabetes mellitus and hypertension) who attend the clinics
of the ministry of health (MOH) in northern Palestine. Three hundred and twenty
one (321) patients are personally interviewed using graded questionnaire to assess
their compliance. The results has shown that there is 6.5% non-compliance, 52.4%
poor/partial compliance and 42.1% good compliance among the tested sample. The
percentage of noncompliance is correlated with the percentage of illiteracy and
lack of drug and disease knowledge among the tested sample. Gender and place of
living are not influential while age, education, and type of disease are influential on
patient’s rate of compliance. Diabetic patients have better overall rate of compliance
than hypertensive patients. These results should encourage the health authorities
in Palestine to implement techniques that would monitor and enhance the patient’s
compliance. This would ultimately reduce national health costs and increase the
patient’s desired therapeutic outcome.