Table 4.

Proportion of Patients in Each Hypertension Care Satisfaction Group Who Reported Side Effects as a “Big” or “Very Big” Problem Over the Past 6 Months

Hypertension Care Quality
Total(%)9 to 10(%)6 to 8(%)0 to 5(%)
Feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or faint7.35.66.311.4**
Swelling of feet and legs9.65.88.715.9***
Frequent urination11.68.411.715.6**
Sexual symptoms9.***
Any side effect is a “big” or “very big” problem36.828.836.247.3
In the past 6 months, have you changed or stopped your blood pressure medicine because of symptoms you think were related to your blood pressure medicine? (% Yes)22.118.421.328.1**
How satisfied are you with the blood pressure medicine you've taken in the past 5 months? (% “Very”/“Somewhat satisfied”)53.870.053.3***34.1***
  • * P < .05,

  • ** P < .01,

  • *** P < .001 comparing side effects among patients in the 6-8 or the 0-5 care quality group to side effects in the 9-10 care quality group.

  • Adjusted only for age, sex, race, and ethnicity.