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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Sharon Leech Hofland


heart disease patients, patient compliance, patient education


This study attempted to describe the health beliefs and compliance levels of 25 adult males who were prescribed medication to treat cardiac disease. A structured interview was conducted to obtain information regarding the subjects' motivation/ social support/ and perceptions of severity, susceptibility, benefits, and barriers toward cardiac disease and the treatment regimen. Following the interview/ subjects received a patient education program that consisted of both verbal and written information regarding their medications. A telephone interview to measure knowledge and compliance was conducted 30±1 days after the initial interview and patient education program. The results revealed that although a majority of the sample stated that taking their cardiac medications did not interfere with their lifestyle/ more than 50 percent of the sample had omitted one or more doses of their cardiac medication during the previous 30 days. The implication of this study shows a need for nurses to discuss various methods for incorporating the medication regimen into the patient's lifestyle as part of the patient education program.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Heart -- Diseases -- Patients
Patient compliance
Patient education



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