OBJECTIVE: The present study assess the frequency of hypertension among various groups in District Peshawar with particular
reference to their awareness level about hypertension and role of education in the control of disease.
STUDY DESIGN: A cross sectional study.
PLACE AND DURATION: The study was conducted from 5th March, 2013 to 22nd January, 2014 at the Department of Rural Sociology,
University of Agriculture Peshawar, Pakistan.
METHODOLOGY: The data were collected through structured questionnaire (mainly) from 298 hypertensive patients from 1st May to
15th June, 2013. The results were drawn after the analysis of data through frequencies, percentages and chi-square statistics.
RESULTS: The study found prevalence of hypertension was on rise and reported high among the families that had hypertension history
(83%), along with the persons who were more males (57.7%) than females (42.3%), living in rural areas (79.5%), illiterates (47%) or had
education up to intermediate or higher level (22.8%), married (74.2%), and had 40.86 years average age. At the same time, a highly
significant association (0.000) of hypertension was found with awareness about hypertension which included knowledge about
hypertension, its signs, symptoms, causes and precautions of disease in connection with awareness about disease. In case of
education, higher level of education was again found significantly associated with knowledge and precautions about hypertension.
CONCLUSIONS: The frequency of hypertension is high among patients of all groups studied. Even the awareness about hypertension
and education of patients having very little impact in the control of disease.
Hypertension, Education, Awareness