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Hypertension control, predictors for medication adherence and gender differences in older Chinese immigrants

TitleHypertension control, predictors for medication adherence and gender differences in older Chinese immigrants
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsLi, W-W, Wallhagen, MI, Froelicher, ES
JournalJournal of Advanced NursingJournal of Advanced Nursing
Volume61
Pagination326-335
Date PublishedFeb
ISBN Number0309-2402<br/>1365-2648
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2008-00535-010
Keywords*Antihypertensive Drugs, *Chinese Cultural Groups, *Drug Therapy, *Hypertension, *Treatment Compliance, Aging, Demographic Characteristics, Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older) Very Old (85 yrs & older), Human Sex Differences, hypertension control, antihypertensive medication adherence, gender differences, older Chinese immigrants, cultural factors, demographic factors, Immigration, Medical Treatment of Physical Illness [3363], Sociocultural Factors, us
AbstractAim: This paper is a report of a study to explore the relationship between demographic and cultural factors and antihypertensive medication adherence in older Chinese immigrants. Background: Hypertension is a well-known controllable risk factor for cardiovascular diseases worldwide, but only 20-80% of patients who take antihypertensive medications adhere adequately to their treatment regimen. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted between 2002 and 2003, with a convenience sample of 75 older men and 69 older women (n = 144, response rate 80%). Medication adherence was defined as >80% of the total score on the Morisky scale. Findings: Age (75.2 + 5.7 vs. 75.9 + 7.0 years, P = 0.51) and length of stay in the United States of America (12.7 + 6.4 vs. 12.7 + 6.6 years, P = 0.97) were similar for men and women. More men were married (85% vs. 46%, P
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