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Antihypertensive medication adherence among elderly Chinese Americans

TitleAntihypertensive medication adherence among elderly Chinese Americans
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsHsu, Y-H, Mao, C-L, Wey, M
JournalJournal of Transcultural NursingJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Volume21
Pagination297-305
Date PublishedOct
ISBN Number1043-6596<br/>1552-7832
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2010-20277-001
Keywords*Chinese Cultural Groups, *Demographic Characteristics, *Hypertension, *Prescription Drugs, *Treatment Compliance, antihypertensive drugs, medication adherence, Chinese Americans, elderly, demographic attributes, Geriatrics, Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), Medical Treatment of Physical Illness [3363], us
AbstractThis study explored the level of antihypertensive medication adherence and examined certain demographic attributes and influential factors in relation to antihypertensive medication nonadherence among Chinese American elders using a descriptive cross-sectional survey design. Findings revealed that 52% of the elderly Chinese Americans adhered to their antihypertensive medications. Gender, education, years of residency in the United States, years of diagnosed hypertension, and perceived safety of taking antihypertensive medications did not contribute to the differences in medication adherence. Forgetfulness, medication adverse effects, language difficulties, and cultural barriers were the influential factors that hinder antihypertensive medication adherence. Developing effective and culturally appropriate strategies for Chinese American elders is recommended. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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