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Drug information "helps patients"

Patients being treated for high blood pressure get better results when they are educated about the medication they are taking, a new study has revealed.

Researchers analysed 136 people in Jordan with hypertension who were not taking their medicine correctly. They found that giving patients additional information and support about how their medicine works and emphasising the importance of sticking to the appropriate dosages at the correct times helped lower their blood pressure.

Scientists involved in the study said that adherence therapy (AT) works by altering a patient's way of thinking and encouraging them to keep taking important medicines.

AT is normally delivered by trained clinicians over a series of seven weekly 20-minute consultations.

Amy Thompson, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: "We need to explore further how patients may benefit from techniques such as one-on-one support. In the meantime, healthcare professionals need to consider the possible barriers which stop people taking their medication."

The research was published in the Journal of Human Hypertension.

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