Self-Transcendence and Medication Adherence in Older Adults With Hypertension
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between self-transcendence and medication adherence among older adults prescribed antihypertensive medication. Design: Descriptive, correlational research design. Method: Forty-six older adults who were prescribed antihypertensive medications from an independent living facility participated in this study. Participants were given a survey that included a demographic questionnaire, the Morisky Medication Adherence Scale, and Reed’s Self-Transcendence Scale. Findings: No significant relationship was found between medication adherence and self-transcendence (r = −.20, p = .18). Ninety percent of the participants however, admitted to cutting back or stopping their medication without notifying their providers. Conclusion: Continued investigation is needed to identify reasons why older adults fail to adhere to taking prescribed hypertension medications in order to improve health outcomes in this population.
Thomas, Nezbile F. and Karen S. Dunn. "Self-Transcendence and Medication Adherence in Older Adults With Hypertension." Journal of Holistic Nursing 32.4 (2014): 316-326.