Hypertension 2008—Awareness, Understanding, and Treatment of Previously Diagnosed Hypertension in Baby Boomers and Seniors: A Survey Conducted by Harris Interactive on Behalf of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association
Version of Record online: 16 FEB 2010
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The Journal of Clinical Hypertension
Volume 12, Issue 5, pages 328–334, May 2010
How to Cite
Miller, N. H., Berra, K. and Long, J. (2010), Hypertension 2008—Awareness, Understanding, and Treatment of Previously Diagnosed Hypertension in Baby Boomers and Seniors: A Survey Conducted by Harris Interactive on Behalf of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. The Journal of Clinical Hypertension, 12: 328–334. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7176.2010.00267.x
- Issue online: 3 MAY 2010
- Version of Record online: 16 FEB 2010
- Manuscript received July 31, 2009; accepted November 24, 2009
J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich).
A Harris Interactive survey of 1548 hypertensive persons aged 44 and older confirms the findings of previous studies that showed suboptimal rates of adherence to medication and lifestyle regimens to lower blood pressure, despite a high level of awareness of the health consequences of uncontrolled blood pressure. When the study population was analyzed by age group (baby boomers, ages 44 to 62 years, and seniors, ages ≥63 years), nonadherence was greater in the baby boomer cohort, which nevertheless had a higher level of concern than the seniors. Poor communication between patients and health care providers contributes to nonadherence to treatment regimens. Patients’ age plays an important role in their attitudes and behaviors regarding illness and treatment as well as their preferences as to the types of educational materials they would find helpful and the ways those materials can best be delivered. Because of the growing population of baby boomers further studies are warranted to evaluate attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors concerning the identification and treatment of hypertension.