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Table 1 Summary of focus group findings

From: Perceptions of hypertension treatment among patients with and without diabetes

Issue Hypertensive patients with diabetes Hypertensive patients without diabetes
Hypertension as a disease Accept that hypertension is a chronic disease See hypertension as a temporary physiological reaction to stress
Importance of hypertension Hypertension has the potential to cause major damage but minor in comparison with diabetes Hypertension has the potential to cause major damage
Impact of disease As opposed to diabetes, which cause cumulative damage hypertension does no immediate damage and is a long term risk factor for an outcome that may or may not happen Hypertension does no immediate damage and is a long term risk factor for an outcome that may or may not happen
Coping mechanisms Treatment is easy compared to care of diabetes and becomes part of their routine Treatment can be overwhelming and there are several different coping mechanisms
Impact of medication on sexual function Effect is acknowledged but thought to be minor compared with diabetes None of the male participants acknowledged any impact