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      Intervenciones psicológicas para el manejo y reducción de estrés en pacientes hipertensos: una revisión sobre su efectividad Translated title: Psychological interventions on stress management and reduction for hypertensive patients: a review of their effectiveness


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          Resumen La hipertensión está considerada como una de las principales problemáticas de salud pública, pues es una enfermedad crónica asintomática caracterizada por una elevación de presión arterial, en la que inciden los niveles de estrés que percibe el paciente y cuyas consecuencias pueden ser devastadoras tanto en la salud física como emocional de este grupo. Se realizó una revisión analítica enfocada a la efectividad de diversos tipos de intervención psicológica, para disminuir los niveles de presión sistólica, controlar el nivel de la presión diastólica, disminuir la percepción del estrés de los sujetos y propiciar una mayor adherencia al tratamiento. La búsqueda se realizó en la base de datos Springer, donde 50 artículos cumplieron con los criterios de exclusión y de inclusión, para el periodo 2000-2013. La revisión arrojó una mayor inclinación hacia las intervenciones de tipo conductual (38%), sin embargo, las intervenciones cognitivo-conductuales fueron las más eficaces para disminuir los niveles de estrés y generar la reducción más significativa en presión arterial, con un 100% de resultados positivos, mientras que solo el 68.4% de los estudios conductuales reportó una mejoría.

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          Abstract Hypertension an asymptomatic chronic disease characterized by elevated blood pressure, is considered a public health problem, affected by stress levels perceived by the patient, with physical and emotional health consequences that can be devastating for this population. This study presents an analytical review focused on the effectiveness of different types of psychological intervention to reduce systolic blood pressure levels, controlling the level of diastolic pressure, decreasing stress perception of subjects and fostering greater adherence. The search was conducted by means of the Springer database, with 50 articles selected on the basis of the inclusion and exclusion criteria for the period 2000-2013. Results showed greater inclination towards behavioral type interventions (38%), while cognitive-behavioral interventions were the most effective for decreasing stress levels and producing the most significant reduction in blood pressure, 100% of the studies based on this type of intervention showed positive results, while the behavioral type only registered 68.4% of success.

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                Psychologia. Avances de la Disciplina
                Psychol. av. discip.
                Universidad San Buenaventura (Bogotá )
                December 2013
                : 7
                : 2
                : 25-44
                [1 ] UNAM Argentina
                [2 ] Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico
                [3 ] Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico
                [4 ] Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico



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