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Table 2 Summary of the differences between the perceptions of patients and doctors for management of hypertension

From: Perception of hypertension management by patients and doctors in Asia: potential to improve blood pressure control

Perception Patients Doctors
Most important factor controlling blood pressure Medication Patient behavior
Believe patients are adherent to medication Yes No
Believe lifestyle modifications are important No Yes
Believe treatment is successful if…. Adherent to medication, no symptoms, attending appointments Target blood pressure reached
Blood pressure for concern 160/100 mmHg 140/90 mmHg
Expectation of consultations Expected doctors to take initiative Expected patients to take initiative
Belief about each other Doctors not concerned about them Patients did not accept their role in management of the disease