Cognition and illness experience are associated with illness knowledge among older adults with hypertension

Jessie Chin, Laura D'Andrea, Dan Morrow, Elizabeth A.L. Stine-Morrow, Thembi Conner-Garcia, James Graumlich, Michael Murray

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Abstract

We investigated how cognitive abilities and illness experience relate to illness knowledge. One hundred and forty-eight community-dwelling older adults including hypertensive patients and healthy adults completed a battery that measured illness knowledge, fluid cognitive abilities, crystallized abilities, and health history. Results suggested that hypertension knowledge was primarily associated with illness duration (despite a negative relationship between illness duration and fluid ability) and crystallized ability. Also, greater illness knowledge was associated with an illness perception that may be more consistent with self-care (e.g., greater sense of control). Implications for patient education and training are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication53rd Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2009, HFES 2009
Pages116-120
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event53rd Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2009, HFES 2009 - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Oct 19 2009Oct 23 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Volume1
ISSN (Print)1071-1813

Other

Other53rd Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2009, HFES 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX
Period10/19/0910/23/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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    Chin, J., D'Andrea, L., Morrow, D., Stine-Morrow, E. A. L., Conner-Garcia, T., Graumlich, J., & Murray, M. (2009). Cognition and illness experience are associated with illness knowledge among older adults with hypertension. In 53rd Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2009, HFES 2009 (pp. 116-120). (Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; Vol. 1).