Knowledge and control practices of hypertension among diabetic attending LAUTECH teaching hospital Osogbo, Nigeria
Keywords:Control practice, Endocrine clinic, Hypertensive diabetics, Knowledge
Background: Hypertension in diabetes is an added burden and the comorbidity a faster genesis of many cardiovascular diseases that exposes the diabetics to several complications, disabilities and higher mortality rate than the non-diabetics. This study therefore asses the knowledge and control practice of hypertension among the hypertensive diabetics attending the endocrine clinic of LAUTECH Teaching hospital Osogho, Osun state.
Methods: A quantitative descriptive survey design was adopted and a total enumeration method was used in recruiting 102 hypertensive diabetics. A structured questionnaire was administered and used to collect data. Descriptive statistics was used to answer the research questions.
Results: The overall knowledge level of hypertension among the hypertensive diabetics was above average with overall mean score of 54.01 (65.9%). The control practice level was fair with overall mean score of 45.1%.
Conclusions: Efforts to increase the knowledge and control practices of hypertension should not focus only on general health education, but individual specific knowledge needs. practical sections that show case the lifestyle practices that will explain what hypertension self-care maintenance, monitoring and management practices such as exercise sections, diet sections actually means should be incorporated in the clinic routine.
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