An-Najah National University

Publications of Waleed M. Sweileh,

Research Interests: 1.Clinical Renal Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2.Evidence Based Pharmacotherapy 3.Pharmacoepidemiology

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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.





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    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.

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