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Nurse Studies Ways to Help Patients Remember to Take Medication

A nurse from the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine is recruiting individuals for a memory intervention study to see if more patients can be taught strategies to take medications as prescribed.

Kathie Insel, RN, PhD, associate professor at UA in Tucson, is the principal investigator on a study to test the effect of an in-home, tailored memory intervention on adherence to blood pressure medication. Currently, only 50% of patients with high blood pressure take their medications as prescribed, according to the Sarver Heart Center.

Hutson, right, works with study participant Beverly Goodwin.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study focuses on enhancing medication adherence through cue-driven and automatic processes for adults 65 and older. Insel is seeking older adults who are self-managing at least one blood pressure medication and are willing to be monitored for four weeks.

Then, those who are eligible for the longer study will be assigned randomly to either an intervention or comparison group and visited by an RN for an additional four weeks. The study does not involve any change in medications.
“Our hypothesis is that the intervention group will have greater overall adherence than the comparison group,” Insel said in a news release. “A major public health consequence of this study is limiting disabilities among older adults because hypertension is associated with cognitive decline and cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease, including stroke.”

While this intervention is being tested in older adults, it has broad implications for improving adherence in other populations, she added.

For information, call 520-626-3945.

By | 2020-04-15T14:07:21-04:00 September 13th, 2010|Categories: Regional, West|0 Comments

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