Beliefs about medication and dietary compliance in people with heart failure: An instrument development study

Susan Pressler, Lesley B. Milgrom, Victoria Champion, Gertrude A. Huster

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BACKGROUND: Sodium retention is often a precursor to hospitalization in people with heart failure (HF). Lack of compliance with medications and with dietary sodium restrictions affects sodium retention. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of the Beliefs about Medication Compliance Scale and the Beliefs about Dietary Compliance Scale. METHODS: The Beliefs about Medication Compliance Scale and the Beliefs about Dietary Compliance Scale are instruments we developed specifically to measure beliefs about compliance with behaviors that affect sodium retention in persons with HF. The scales, based on the Health Belief Model, were designed from a review of literature and from self-reports of people with HF. A convenience sample of 101 people with HF completed the scales. RESULTS: Internal consistency reliability was satisfactory. Factor analysis provided initial support for construct validity of the scales. CONCLUSIONS: Future testing of the scales is needed in more diverse populations. The scales can then be used to test interventions tailored to individual subjects' beliefs about compliance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-279
Number of pages7
JournalHeart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1997

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Medication Adherence
Heart Failure
Sodium
Dietary Sodium
Reproducibility of Results
Self Report
Statistical Factor Analysis
Compliance
Hospitalization
Health
Population

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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Beliefs about medication and dietary compliance in people with heart failure : An instrument development study. / Pressler, Susan; Milgrom, Lesley B.; Champion, Victoria; Huster, Gertrude A.

In: Heart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care, Vol. 26, No. 4, 07.1997, p. 273-279.

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