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Volume 43 - Number 5
September/October 2017

Nonadherence to Hypertension Medications in African-American Adolescents
Samira Moughrabi and Jared Lopez

Hypertension is a national and international health calamity that is on the rise. The disease increases risk for poor outcomes and early death, and imposes a high financial burden on the healthcare system. Compared to other ethnic groups, hypertension is most prevalent in African Americans and appears to occur at an earlier age. Although this disease and its complications can be well managed and prevented, adherence to medical treatment remains low in the overall population but more significantly among African Americans. Due to their growth and development, adolescents face unique challenges that threaten their adherence to medications and therapeutic regimens. This article discusses agespecific challenges and interventions that may impact adherence in African- American adolescents. Implications for clinical practice and further research are also addressed.