Drug control of hypertension in primary health care centers-registered patients, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia

Ahmed G. Elzubier, Mohammed A. Al-Shahri*

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Objective: To assess the quality of the pharmacological control of hypertension. Design: A cross-sectional study. Subjects: Primary health care centers-registered hypertensive patients. Setting: Primary health care centers in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Methods: Data was recorded, using a structured questionnaire, through direct interviewing of patients, and from their medical records. It included demographic characteristics, hypertension related, and doctors′-related variables; and patients′ utilization of other health facilities and whether they had other chronic diseases. Results: The proportion of patients with controlled hypertension was 37%. It was significantly increased with age below 55 years, with non-Saudis, duration of treatment shorter than 5 years; and with the use of monotherapy. Doctors′ care-related variables did not show significant variation with the number of controlled patients which may imply that the quality of follow-up might not be adequate. Conclusions: The proportion of controlled patients cared for in the PHC centers is low. The factors associated with control were age, and the use of a single antihypertensive drug. The study questions the quality of follow-up of patients by the PHC physicians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-53
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Family and Community Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Hypertension control
  • Primary health care
  • Saudi Arabia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Family Practice


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