Attitude of Orthodox Medical Practioners, Herbalists, Hypertensives and Normotensives to Hypertension



ABSTRACT

The problems of attitude to hypertension was the focus of this paper. One hundred and eigthy adult participants comprising hypertensives (30 males and 30 females): normotensives (30 males) and orthodox medical practitioners (30 males) were administered a 66-item, 5 point attitude scale designed for measuring attitude to hypertension. The data was analyzed using a one way ANOVA. The result showed that there was significant difference in attitude to hypertension among the groups. Tukeys post ANOVA analysis showed that the difference observed in the ANOVA analysis was mainly between orthodox medical prectitioners and the rest of the groups. It was pointed out that hypertensives particularly and orthodox medical practitional should share the same view about patient tretment. Since differences in attitude to illness between thereapist and patient may have effect on therapy outcome. It wzas suggested that other therapists particularly clinical and health spychologist should be involved in conjuction with orthodox medical practitioners for the management of this disorder.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
F.A OLUWATELURE (Ph.D)
DEPARTMENT O F PURE AND APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY
ADEKUNLE AJASIN UNIVERSITY
AKUNGDA AKOKO,
ONDO STATE,
NIGERIA.