Patients with uncontrolled hypertension are less likely to adhere to BP medication if they have symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, according to recent study data.
Researchers evaluated symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among 114 patients with uncontrolled hypertension, based on elevated BP on two consecutive visits before enrollment. Participants were enrolled from a primary care facility in New York City between Nov. 1, 2011, and June 30, 2013. BP medication adherence was assessed by use of an electronic pillbox between two clinic visits (mean duration, 56 days). Nonadherence was defined as adherence to the treatment regimen for fewer than 80% of days during assessment.Full Story »