Abstract
A CORRELATIONAL STUDY ON THE KNOWLEDGE, PERCEPTION, AND MEDICATION ADHERENCE AMONG SELECTED SENIOR CITIZENS WITH HYPERTENSION IN POBLACION 2, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO

C. Adina, A. D. Bacea*, H. Caballes, I. N. Cano, C. Ramos, D. F. Santos, R. Tajaros, C. Santiago, A. M. Rubenicia and M. Andal

ABSTRACT

Hypertension (HTN) is a condition which is characterized by high blood pressure and is considered a primary risk factor for serious damage to the heart. This condition is very common among the elderly, as the inevitable part of aging is a decline in health. Hypertension along its potential complications may be managed with hypertensive medication and/or proper medication adherence (Felman, 2019). This descriptive study correlates the knowledge, perception, and adherence to hypertensive medication among selected senior citizens with hypertension in Poblacion 2, Sta. Cruz, Occidental Mindoro. A total of 203 eligible participants with hypertension completed the survey questionnaire. It is found that there is a high level of knowledge and perception on adherence to hypertensive medication among the participants with an average score of 4.68 (strongly agree) and 4.63 (strongly agree), respectively. However, the majority of the respondents comprising 55.17% are identified as having low levels of medication adherence using the Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (MMAS). Overall, the result showed that there is a weak correlation between knowledge, perception, and medication adherence among selected senior citizens. In regards to these findings, it is believed that medication adherence is a multifactorial phenomenon where knowledge and perception are one of the many factors.

Keywords: Knowledge, Perception, Medication Adherence, Hypertension, Senior citizens Medication adherence among senior citizens.


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