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Therapeutic Compliance with Hypertension in Korean Vietnam Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2015, 11(12), pp.225-237
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general

Sang Hee, Kim 1 김수홍 2

1고신대학교
2부산보훈병원

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ABSTRACT

This study was conducted to determine the therapeutic compliance of 302 hypertensive patients in Korean Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange. The associated factors influencing the compliance and the treatment of hypertension were the presence of a spouse, other disease, exercise, and smoking. Clients with spouses had a 3.01 times higher therapeutic compliance in hypertension than clients without a spouse. Clients without other diseases had 2.63 times higher compliance than clients with other diseases. Moreover, clients regularly exercising had 2.49 times higher compliance than those who did not exercise, and non-smokers had a 2.27 times higher compliance than smokers. Further interests and awareness should be garnered to the presence of other diseases when treating patients with hypertension. The study show it would be beneficial to implement an educational awareness program that stresses the importance of exercise and the cessation of smoking.

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