International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 1–2 | Cite as

The effect of partial patients’ adherence to antihypertensive drugs: scope for pharmacists’ role in hypertension care

  • Marine Sitbon
  • Jennifer Corny
  • Hélène Beaussier
  • Yvonnick BézieEmail author


In many individuals, blood pressure varies between clinic visits conducted days, weeks, or months apart. This visit-to-visit variability (VVV) of blood pressure has been recently related with an increased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and mortality, independently of mean blood pressure. As for other chronical diseases, patients’ adherence to hypertensive therapies remains low and partial adherence to antihypertensive treatment may constitute a source of VVV, as suggested by recent studies. This data should lead to a new clinical approach for hypertension care, based on patients’ real adherence to treatment. Therapeutic strategies should include patients’ adherence. In this context, the role of community pharmacists for patients’ follow-up of hypertension should be reinforced, as they represent efficient and easily accessible health professionals.


Blood pressure variability Clinical pharmacy Hypertension care 




Conflicts of interest

The authors declared that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Groupe Hospitalier Paris Saint-JosephParisFrance

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