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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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VELIZ-ROJAS, Lizet; MENDOZA-PARRA, Sara  and  BARRIGA, Omar A. Therapeutic adherence in users of a cardiovascular health program in primary care in Chile. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2015, vol.32, n.1, pp.51-57. ISSN 1726-4634.

Objectives. To analyze therapeutic adherence in users of a cardiovascular health program in primary care in the community of San Pedro de la Paz in the region of Bío Bío, Chile. Materials and methods. Cross-sectional and correlational study with a sample of 257 people aged 18-60 years. A questionnaire that included the Miller´s health behavior scale to measure adherence, and review of medical records was performed. Descriptive univariate and bivariate analyses supported in SPSS were performed. Results. Of the total participants, 157 (61.1%) were women. The health behavior scale reflected non-adherence of participants, as only 4 (1.5%) indicated that they always followed the instructions provided by the health team. The subscale monitoring stress management had the highest average, indicating that in this aspect there was greater adherence of the participants. Associations between therapeutic adherence and doing paid work (p=0.025) and with participation in social activities (p=0.005) were found. Conclusions. Therapeutic adherence in users of the cardiovascular health program was low. It is important to develop strategies that favor therapeutic adherence from the perspective of equity and social determinants of health.

Keywords : Patient compliance; Cardiovascular diseases; Primary health care.

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