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Gaceta Sanitaria

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TUESCA-MOLINA, Rafael; GUALLAR-CASTILLON, Pilar; BANEGAS-BANEGAS, José Ramón  and  GRACIANI-PEREZ REGADERA, Auxiliadora. Determinants of the adherence to therapeutic plan in elderly Spaniards, over 60 years of age. Gac Sanit [online]. 2006, vol.20, n.3, pp.220-227. ISSN 0213-9111.

Objective: To identify factors associated with the adherence to a therapeutic plan of awareness of hypertension. Material and Methods: The data of the study: «arterial Hypertension and other factors of risk in the elderly (≥ 60 years) Spanish population». This was a population-based survey of 4.009 older Spaniards. Information for this survey was obtained thorough household personal interviews to evaluate if these determining factors are independent of socio-demographic variables, the use of health system, lifestyles and the quality of life related to health. Results: In men, the adherence to a therapeutic plan according to the regions studied (OR Rural = 3.9; OR Cantabrian = 1.9). Beside general health (OR = 1.01). With respect to the women, the ones that complied with the therapeutic plan more frequently had a low scholastic level (OR = 1.8), physical condition (OR = 1.02), and had more frequent home medical visits monthly (OR = 3.0). The women with poor adherence had two chronic illnesses (OR = 0.6). Conclusions: There are regional differences, gender, educational and to measure health-related quality of life. This demonst.

Keywords : Adherence; Elderly; Hypertension.

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