Association between Knowledge and Drug Adherence among Patients with Hypertension in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ajman-UAE

Association between Knowledge and Drug Adherence among Patients with Hypertension in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ajman-UAE

Objectives: To investigate the current health status of hypertensive patients in UAE.
Methodology: A questionnaire was delivered to random sample of 385 hypertensive patients in Abu
Dhabi, Sharjah and Ajman. SPSS version 20 was used for data entry and analysis.
Results: Out of the 385 patients, 353 (91.7%) had high knowledge value and scored within the high
knowledge category while 32 (8.3%) considered as having poor knowledge and scored within the poor
knowledge category. On the other hand, 325 (84.4%) of the study participants showed good
adherence to medication and scored within the positive attitude category while only 60 (15.6%)
showed poor adherence to medication and scored within the negative attitude category. Spearman
rank order correlation coefficient (rho) between total knowledge score and total adherence score was
used to indicate the association between knowledge and adherence among the study participants.
Conclusion: The result of the study clearly showed that there was positive correlation between
knowledge and drug adherence among hypertensive patients in UAE.Despite this finding, it is
believed that medication adherence is a multi-factorial phenomenon and knowledge is only one key of
these factors.

Author(s) Details

Dr. Ahmed Abdalla Mohamed Gaili
College of Pharmacy& Health Sciences, Ajman University, Ajman, UAE

Professor Dr. Zakia M. Metwali
College of Pharmacy& Health Sciences, Ajman University, Ajman, UAE.

Dr. Nihal Abdalla,
College of Pharmacy& Health Sciences, Ajman University, Ajman, UAE.

Dr. Sundos Qasim Al-Ebraheem,
College of Pharmacy& Health Sciences, Ajman University, Ajman, UAE.

Dr. Sara Al–Akshar
College of Pharmacy& Health Sciences, Ajman University, Ajman, UAE

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