Self-management of hypertension requires patients to find, understand, and use information to lower their blood pressure. Little is known about information use among African American women with hypertension, therefore the purpose of this study was to examine predictors of self-reported information use to self-manage blood pressure. Ninety-four Midwestern African American women (mean age = 59) completed questionnaires about information behaviors (seeking, sharing, use) and personal beliefs (attitude, social norms) related to self-management of blood pressure. Linear regression was used to identify significant predictors of information use. The total variance explained by the model was 36%, F(7, 79) = 6.29, p <.001. Information sharing was the only significant predictor (beta =.46, p <.001). These results provide evidence that information sharing is a potential health behavior to support intervention strategies for African American women with hypertension.
- African American women
- Information sharing
- Information use
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health