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Abstract

STUDY ON KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE, PRACTICE AND AWARENESS OF HYPERTENSION AMONG PATIENTS IN TUMKUR CITY, KARNATAKA

H. B. Kavya*, Asha Abraham and Nikhila Mariam George

ABSTRACT

Background: Hypertension has become a global epidemic and a threat to the world population. A patient‟s knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) are vital factors for hypertension management. Aim: To assess the knowledge, attitude, practice and awareness of hypertension among hypertensive patients in Tumkur city, Karnataka. Materials and Methods: A prospective cross-sectional study was conducted for 6 months among hypertensive patients in Tumkur city. The data were collected, analysed, and interpreted using descriptive statistics. Result: A total of 100 cases of Hypertension were examined of which males were 55% and females were 45%. Age ranges from 35-75 years within which most of the respondents were between the ages of 55-65 years. Around 64% of the respondents had a case history of Hypertension. A prospective cross-sectional study was allotted for six months among patients with hypertension in Tumkur city. Data were collected, analysed, and interpreted using descriptive statistics. Regarding the attitude towards hypertension, the mean score attained was 63.4%. However, concerning practice the mean score gained was 51.4%. Conclusion: The results of our study indicated that it's fully important to know this status of patient knowledge, attitude, and practice concerning hypertension. It's necessary to grasp these patient factors to develop effective strategies and interventions that enlist the patient as a participant within the management of their health.

Keywords: Hypertension, Knowledge, Attitude, Practise.


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