Background: Hypertension is one of non-communicable diseases that become public health concern and cause early mortality around the globe. Poor management of hypertension is a very important cause for various cardiovascular problems. Reducing the outcome of the disease through compliance to self-care practices is crucial. However, comprehensive assessment on domains of self-care was not well studied.
Objective: To assess self-care practices and associated factors among hypertensive patient attending in Debre Berhan Referral Hospital.
Method: A hospital based cross-sectional study was conducted. Initially the data were checked manually and entered in to Epi-Data version 3.1. P-value of <0.05 was used as a cut of point to affirm statistical significance. Finally, results were presented in text, tables and graphs.
Result: The prevalence of good self-care practice was 24.4 %, 95% CI (19.7%, 28.3%). Multivariate analysis indicated that patients without comorbidities 1.5 (1.3-1.9), being aged 60 and above years 4.2 (1.7-10.3) and availability of blood pressure apparatus at home were more likely to have good self-care practice as compared with their counter parts.
Conclusion: - The level of self-care practice was found to be low and attention is needed for self-care practices.
Keywords: adherence, Debre Berhan, hypertensive patient, self-care.