Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

First Advisor's Name

Luz Porter

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Maxine Hamilton

Third Advisor's Name

Tomas Madayag

Date of Defense

4-5-2000

Abstract

In order to determine the existence of a relationship between heart failure patients' compliance beliefs and functional limitations, using a convenience sample of 61 adults attending a specialized outpatient heart failure clinic, responses to scale items measuring perceptions of benefits and barriers to compliance with medication and diet were collected and functional limitations were self ranked by symptoms experienced with activities of daily living. A positive correlation (Spearman's rho=0.345, p=.007, level of significance =.0l) between patients' functional limitations and perceived benefits to medication compliance scores was found while a negative correlation (Spearman's rho= -0.310, p=.015, level of significance =.05) between functional limitations and perceived barriers to medication compliance scores was found. Patients' functional limitations correlated with neither benefits nor barriers to diet compliance scores. It is recommended that nurses assess and utilize heart failure patients' functional limitations to individualize interventions aimed at influencing compliance beliefs.

Identifier

FI14062289

Included in

Nursing Commons

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