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28th August, 2017
Communicating with patients may motivate them to adhere to prescribed treatment
Dr KK Aggarwal
A new research reports that low-income patients with high blood pressure are less likely to take their medications as directed if their healthcare providers do not use a collaborative communication style or ask them about social issues.
The three-month study published in the journal Circulation: Quality and Outcomes examined the impact of patient-provider communication on medication adherence among a sample of primary care providers and their patients who had hypertension. Most of the participants were black, unemployed and reported some college education. The study found that:
  • Patients were three times less likely to take their high BP medications when their providers did not possess a collaborative communication style such as asking open-ended questions and checking their understanding of instructions.
  • Patients were also six times less likely to take their medications as prescribed when a healthcare provider did not ask them about social issues such as employment, housing and partner relationships.
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Indian males at a risk for developing Metabolic Syndrome due to fault lifestyle
Healthy eating and timely assessment of vital statistics are some preventive measures

New Delhi, 27 August 2017: Statistics indicate that people with metabolic syndrome (MS) are at a three times higher risk for heart attack and stroke. They are also at a five-fold risk of developing Type II diabetes. According to the IMA, the urban male is likely to develop MS largely due to faulty lifestyle. Abdominal or central obesity is a common occurrence in India and such individuals have thin limbs but fat around the abdomen.
A person is said to have MS when along with Waist Circumference of more than 90 cm (men), 80 cm (women), any two of following five are present:triglycerides of more than 150 mg/dl, HDL Cholesterol less than 40 mg (male) and 50 mg (female), fasting sugar (glucose) of more than 100 mg or presence of Diabetes and Hypertension of more than 130 mm Hg systolic or 85 diastolic.
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