Self-management approaches among hypertensive residents in nursing homes in Malaysia

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Introduction: The prevalence of hypertension in Malaysia is increasing and an effective management of hypertension is important to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Objective: To determine the knowledge, awareness and perception towards hypertension among residents in nursing homes as well as the roles of caregivers in hypertension management. Method: A face-to-face survey with 200 hypertensive residents and 30 caregivers from 24 nursing homes in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, Malaysia was conducted. Result: Of all the hypertensive residents, 90.5% (n = 181) knew that lowering their blood pressure could improve their health. Most residents strongly believed that taking antihypertensive drugs is important for keeping their high blood pressure under control (n = 162, 81%). Taking medication was perceived as the most important factor in controlling the high blood pressure (58%, n = 116) compared to lifestyle or diet modification. The majority of the caregivers reported that they played a major role in managing hypertension, especially with regards to medication-taking. task (66.7%, n = 20). Conclusion: The knowledge, attitude and perceptions of hypertension play a relatively major role in the self-management of hypertension. The role of caregivers also needed to be recognised in managing hypertension in nursing homes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-17
Number of pages10
JournalMalaysian Family Physician
Volume12
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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Malaysia
Self Care
Nursing Homes
Hypertension
Caregivers
Diet Therapy
Antihypertensive Agents
Life Style
Blood Pressure
Morbidity
Mortality

Keywords

  • Health
  • Hypertension
  • Knowledge
  • Older people
  • Perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Family Practice

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Self-management approaches among hypertensive residents in nursing homes in Malaysia. / Wei, Tan Mei; Omar, Marhanis Salihah.

In: Malaysian Family Physician, Vol. 12, No. 3, 01.01.2017, p. 8-17.

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