Journal on Hypertension

Over the world, hypertension stands as the number one risk factor for mortality rates and also a vital modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disorders and stroke accounting for approximately thirteen percent of deaths globally. Undeniably, the cases of hypertension are high with us with statistically almost a quarter of the adult population and approximately half of the population aged fifty years and above having hypertension. With such statistics family practice clinics have taken some considerable effort in providing education on hypertension and helping control what is becoming a worldwide menace and a major contributor to high mortality rates especially for people over the age of fifty (Tu, 2009).

However, it is still left to doubt and evaluation the effectiveness of the hypertension education that education that is provided at family practice clinics. This owes to the persistence of the predominating cases of hypertension and the still growing rates of mortality rates as a result of the disease. So how effective is this hypertension education that family practice clinics provide? Practically, there are inverse results as it is expected that with this dedicated and specific education given by family practice clinics, the mortality rates are still heightening as if the intervention was not in swing. I beg to doubt the family practice clinics’ input and their effectiveness for the fact that we are not seeing much of them in the intervention for if anything, very little can be seen from them (Cash & Glass, 2014). Though combined physician and patient education interventions lowers blood pressure, its effectiveness is still wanting and there should be enhanced effectiveness and sustainability/consistency for better results. If hypertension intervention education provided at family practice clinics is to show up any positive results, then I strongly feel that there must be another better approach and practice on this education (Khaldi, 2011).

 

References

Karen Tu, (2009), Hypertension management by family physicians: Is it time to pat ourselves on the back? Can Fam Physician.

Jill C. Cash & Cheryl A. Glass, (2014), Family Practice Guidelines, Springer Publishing Company.

Yahia M. Al-Khaldi, (2011), Quality of hypertension care in the family practice center, Aseer Region, Saudi Arabia, J Family Community Med.

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