Behaviors of treated hypertensive patients and patient demographic characteristics
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- Tschann, J.M., Adamson, T.E., Coates, T.J. et al. J Community Health (1988) 13: 19. doi:10.1007/BF01321477
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The relationships between self-reported hypertension-related patient behaviors and patient demographic characteristics were examined in a sample of 2,044 patients being treated for hypertension in 111 primary care medical practices. The patient behaviors of sodium intake, weight, alcohol, exercise, relaxation and adherence to medication regimen could be predicted to some extent by patient demographic characteristics. Whether patients recalled receiving advice from their physicians about these behaviors could also be predicted by patient demographic characteristics. Patients demographically similar to physicians, i.e., male, younger, more educated and White, reported receiving more advice from their physicians. Patients with behavioral problems who received relatively less advice from their physicians included: less educated younger patients whose sodium intake was relatively high; younger and less educated overweight women; overweight Black patients; and older women who exercised less than average.