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Hypertension adherence benefits from extra support

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Patients with hypertension who are given extra advice and support about their medication are more likely to lower their blood pressure, new research has suggested.

Around 136 people took part in the study, all of whom had blood pressure but did not take their medicines the correct way.

Scientists found that using adherence therapy changed the way the participants thought, which encouraged them to take their medicine and lower their blood pressure.

Specially trained clinicians normally conduct adherence therapy, which is completed through 20 minute consultations over a seven-week period.

Researchers said completing the therapy helps patients have a more positive attitude towards medication, as opposed to just expecting patients to correctly self-administer drugs that have been prescribed to them.

Amy Thompson, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “We need to explore further how patients may benefit from techniques such as one-on-one support. In the meantime, healthcare professionals need to consider the possible barriers which stop people taking their medication.”

The research was published in the Journal of Human Hypertension.

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