Correlation of Knowledge and Attitude with Compliance with Druging in Lans with Hypertension in Regions Work of Poigar Public Health Center
Keywords:Knowledge, Attitude, Elderly, Compliance with Hypertension Medication
Hypertension is a degenerative disease, which is found more in the elderly. With increasing age it causes physiological changes in various organs of the body, especially the circulatory system, one of which is stiffness in the arteries so that blood pressure tends to increase. In addition, the increasing age of the elderly, the ability to think such as remembering begins to decline and affects knowledge and attitudes about medication adherence. The purpose of this study was to analyze the relationship between knowledge and attitudes with adherence to taking medication in the elderly with hypertension at Poigar Public Health Center. This research is an analytic survey research with a cross sectional approach. The sample consisted of 43 elderly people with hypertension and taking hypertension drugs. Data analysis used chi square statistical test. The results of the correlation analysis showed that knowledge was related to medication adherence in the elderly with hypertension (p = 0.003) and attitude was related to medication adherence in the elderly with hypertension (p = 0.000). So it can be concluded that knowledge and attitudes are related to adherence to taking medication in the elderly with hypertension at Poigar Public Health Center. It is advisable for the elderly to routinely have their blood pressure checked and take hypertension medication regularly as well as actively participate in health education conducted by health workers during visits to the elderly posyandu at the Puskesmas.
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