MS Defense by Kenneth Blocker

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    • Monday July 10, 2017
      2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Location: Room B77 (JS Coon Building)
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Summary Sentence: ASSESSING INFLUENCES ON THE MEDICATION MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES OF OLDER ADULTS WITH HYPERTENSION

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Kenneth Blocker

Master’s Thesis Defense Meeting

Date: Monday, July 10, 2017

Time: 2:00pm

Location: Room B77 (JS Coon Building)

 

Advisor: 

Professor Wendy A. Rogers. Ph.D. (Georgia Tech)

 

Thesis Committee Members:

Wendy A. Rogers, Ph.D. (Georgia Tech)

Professor Christopher Hertzog, Ph.D. (Georgia Tech)

Professor Kathleen C. Insel, Ph.D., RN (University of Arizona)

 

 

Title: ASSESSING INFLUENCES ON THE MEDICATION MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES OF OLDER ADULTS WITH HYPERTENSION

 

Abstract: 

Many older adults are living with at least one chronic disease and must adhere to prescribed medications to control the impact of these diseases. Most common is hypertension, an asymptomatic disease in which one’s blood pressure is elevated in comparison to healthy levels. Thus, there are no symptoms to remind one to take their daily medication and, as older adults may experience declines in some forms of memory as they age, these individuals may face challenges in properly adhering to their prescribed antihypertensive medications. Multiple factors (e.g., knowledge, illness representations, control beliefs) may influence the strategies older adults employ to ensure the successful management of their medication, helping to control their blood pressure. However, more research is needed to better understand the factors that may influence the utilization and effectiveness of these strategies.

 

The goal of the current study was to understand how older adults approached the management of their antihypertensive medication as well as the factors that may influence this management. A semi-structured interview was performed to obtain in-depth information regarding the medication management strategies and opinions of individuals aged 65-85 who have been diagnosed with hypertension. Participants generally expressed using multiple strategies within their medication management routines (M = 3.98). The association strategy was found to be the most commonly endorsed as well as perceived as the most effective. In addition, various misconceptions regarding individuals’ knowledge of the disease, as well as incongruities between self-reported adherence and participants’ perceived medication management ability, were evident.

 

These findings help to improve our theoretical understanding of how older adults approach managing their antihypertensive medication as well as what might be contributing to the difficulties that many individuals diagnosed with the disease have experienced regarding its management. Additionally, these findings may help inform the design of more effective tools geared toward improving and maintaining antihypertensive medication adherence (e.g., interventions, hardware/software applications). 

 

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