Thesis Title: Health Related Behaviors, Social Support, and Treatment Adherence in Patients with Hypertension
Student Name: Huma Zeenat
Supervisor: Afreen Komal
The present study was conducted to investigate the relationship between health related behaviors, social support and treatment adherence in patients with hypertension. The correlation research design was used and the sample comprised of patients (N = 100: n = 51 women n = 49 men) with age range of 30 to 60 years. The data was collected from public and private hospitals using non probability purposive sampling technique. Health Related Behavior Questionnaire (Batool, Imran, & Kausar, 2011)), Multidimensional Perceived Social Support Scale (Zimet, Dhalem, Zimet, & Farely, 1988) and Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (Saleem, Hassali, Shafie, Haq, & Morisky, 2012) were used. The results of Pearson product moment correlation indicated that there was significant positive relationship among health related behaviors, social support and treatment adherence. The results of Independent sample t-test revealed that there was no gender difference and no difference between public and private hospitals in health related behaviors, social support and treatment adherence. Hierarchal regression showed that health related behaviors and social support had predictive role for treatment adherence. The findings of research have important implications in health care centers and in household setting. It would suggest patients about the effectiveness of health related behaviors such as diet modification, exercise and healthy eating are important for maintaining well-being. The study will also provide a direction for future researches.
Keywords: Health related behaviors, Social support, Treatment adherence, Hypertension.