Aga Khan University team discover which patients keep on taking their medicine

Aga Khan University (AKU) is proud to share a peer-reviewed article, Factors Associated with Adherence to Anti-Hypertensive Treatment in Pakistan, which will appear in the March 14 issue of PLoS ONE, the international, open-access online journal from the Public Library of Science. The study on which the article is based is in line with the Universitys ethos: that research at AKU focuses on topics of direct relevance to developing countries. The study was initiated by Dr Philippe M Frossard, Professor and Chair, Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at AKU and the 9-member team was led by Dr Usman Ahmad, presently at Yale University in the US. The full list of team members/contributors is as follows:

Saman K. Hashmi1, Maria B. Afridi1, Kanza Abbas1, Rubina A. Sajwani1, Danish Saleheen2, Philippe M. Frossard2, Mohammad Ishaq3, Aisha Ambreen4, Usman Ahmad 21Medical College, Aga Khan University, Karachi , Pakistan; 2Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Aga Khan University, Karachi , Pakistan; 3National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Karachi, Pakistan; 4Department of Family Medicine, Aga Khan University, Karachi , Pakistan. Present addresses: Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK; Department of Surgery, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

We are living at the time of a paradigm shift in what constitutes the practice of medicine and its implications on our societies ways of life. Medicine is indeed moving from a traditional approach, preoccupied with treating the manifestations of disease, to a preventive approach.

Is the individual - the future patient - ready for true prevention, even if this means adopting sometimes drastic measures way before the onset of any disease? This pivotal question is particularly pertinent in an emerging country such as Pakistan because this country could have the extraordinary ability to move straight into the practice of 21st century m

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