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Potential use of a “Blood Pressure Action Sheet” for Indonesian patients with hypertension living in rural villages: a qualitative study

Authors Rahmawati R, Bajorek B

Received 20 September 2017

Accepted for publication 6 July 2018

Published 10 December 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 93—103


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Turgay Celik

Riana Rahmawati,1,2 Beata Bajorek1

1Graduate School of Health, Discipline of Pharmacy, The University of Technology Sydney, NSW, Australia; 2Pharmacology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Islam Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Purpose: The aim of the study was to obtain feedback on the layout, content, and potential use of a blood pressure (BP) action sheet, a purpose-designed written resource for Indonesian patients with hypertension.
Methods: Telephone interviews were conducted with 13 health professionals, 12 community health workers, and 12 patients in rural Yogyakarta, Indonesia, to explore their impressions of the BP action sheet, how the sheet might affect management of hypertension, and suggestions for improvement.
Results: Participants felt that the sheet presented useful information about achieving the target BP and managing hypertension. The use of the sheet could be optimized by engaging community health workers to help explain the information and to provide assistance around the stated actions for hypertension management. A more attractive design and inclusion of more details were suggested. Both patients and health care workers expressed interest in using the sheet.
Conclusion: The BP action sheet has potential as a useful resource for patients with hypertension by providing information, recording target BP, and facilitating patient-centered communication. Use of the BP action sheet might provide an effective low-cost way for health professionals and community health workers to encourage patients to achieve their target BP.

Keywords: hypertension, rural health, patient education, Posyandu lansia, Prolanis

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