Level of Knowledge in Self-measured Blood Pressure Monitoring among Family Physicians in Thailand

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Ornisa Issaranon
Ruankwan Kanhasing
Sawanee Tengrungsan

Abstract

Background and Objectives: Self-measured blood pressure (SMBP) should be advised by health professionals for hypertensive patients. However, there is no study of level of knowledge of family physicians (FPs). This study aimed to explore the level of knowledge of SMBP among FPs and its associated factors.


Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted in FPs whose names appear in the 2017 registry of the Royal College of Family Physicians of Thailand. A self-administered questionnaire was utilized. Descriptive statistics and chi-squared test were used for data analysis. The level of knowledge is classified into three levels: high (score 80% and above) moderate (score 60%-79.99%), and low (score less than 60%).


Results: Of 172 FPs who participated, 59.3 % were female, and age between 30-39 years old was 56.98%. Only 38.95% of FPs advised on SMBP regularly. The majority of participants (79.07%) have a low level of knowledge on SMBP. There is no statistically significant relationship between the level of knowledge and these factors include gender, age, years after MD, work settings, training for treatment of hypertension, and frequency of advice SMBP.


Conclusion: Most FPs have a low level of knowledge on SMBP, and there is not any factor in this study was associated with physicians’ level of knowledge.

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