Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1464-5491.2008.02614.x
Title: Blood pressure control and awareness among patients with diabetes and hypertension attending a tertiary ophthalmic clinic
Authors: Wong, N.
Wang, S.S.
Lamoureux, E.
Wong, T.Y. 
Tikellis, G.
Harper, A.
Wang, J.J.
Keywords: Awareness
Blood pressure control
Diabetes management
Diabetic retinopathy
HbA1c
Issue Date: Jan-2009
Citation: Wong, N., Wang, S.S., Lamoureux, E., Wong, T.Y., Tikellis, G., Harper, A., Wang, J.J. (2009-01). Blood pressure control and awareness among patients with diabetes and hypertension attending a tertiary ophthalmic clinic. Diabetic Medicine 26 (1) : 34-39. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1464-5491.2008.02614.x
Abstract: Aims: To assess the proportion of patients who had diabetes and hypertension with optimal blood pressure (BP) control and to describe patients' awareness of the importance of BP control. Methods: A cross-sectional survey of out-patients with diabetes who attended the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (Melbourne, Australia) was conducted between October 2006 and February 2007. Of 245 patients invited, 220 (90%) participated. Optimal BP control was defined as BP < 130/80 mmHg recorded at the latest visit; proportions of patients with awareness of BP control were defined non-exclusively by: (i) ability to recall a previous BP record and rate the appropriateness of that BP level; (ii) ability to recall the recommended optimal BP control level by current diabetes management guidelines; (iii) knowledge that optimal BP control is important to diabetes management; and (iv) knowledge that optimal BP control is important to eye health. Results: Of the 220 patients, 176 had both diabetes and hypertension. Of these, 49 of 176 (28%) had BP controlled optimally, and 30 of 176 (17%) recalled and rated a previous recorded BP level appropriately. Fewer than one in four (22%) acknowledged the recommended optimum BP level of < 130/80 mmHg, fewer than one in two (48%) rated BP as important to diabetes management, and one in three (35%) rated BP control as important to eye health. Conclusions: In this sample of patients with diabetes and hypertension, fewer than one-third achieved the BP level recommended by clinical guidelines, and fewer than half were aware of the importance of BP control. © 2009 The Authors.
Source Title: Diabetic Medicine
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/108275
ISSN: 07423071
DOI: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2008.02614.x
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