Date of Award

1997

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Department

College of Nursing

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the exercise of self-care agency, long-term medication self-efficacy and medication management in elderly, chronically ill home-bound individuals. The study seeks to answer the following hypotheses: (1) There is a positive relationship between level of self-care agency and level of medication management in elderly, chronically ill home-bound individuals; (2) Level of long-term medication behavior self-efficacy is a predictor of level of medication management in chronically 01, elderly, home-bound individuals. The study sought to answer the following question: What is the degree of variability in level of medication management that is attributable to self-care agency and long-term medication behavior self-efficacy in chronically ill, elderly, home-bound individuals? A descriptive, correlational design was used with a sample of home-bound individuals receiving home care nursing services and interventions toward medication management goal achievement. Revised forms of Kearney and Fleischer’s Exercise of Self Care Agency Scale; De Geest, Abraham, Gomoets, and Ever's Long-Term Medication Behavior Self-Efficacy Scale, and a demographic data collection tool was used to collect data from home care clients. A tool designed to collect nursing data about goal achievement was also used. Statistical analysis included correlational statistics and regressional analysis. Demographic data was also analyzed.

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