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Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing


The purpose of this research study was to examine if a difference existed between the concept of perceived control of the effects and course of the COPD and the adherence to the prescribed therapeutic regimen. The conceptual framework for the study was the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control. The study design was a comparative descriptive survey. Data collection was completed by using the three instruments: Multidimensional Health Locus of Control (Form C), Health Value Measurement, and Measurement of Compliance with a Comprehensive COPD Treatment Program. The study consisted of 20 participants. The findings of the study showed no significant difference existed in the levels of health values between COPD patients with internal and external locus of control and in the levels of adherence. No variability existed in levels of adherence between COPD patients with varied health values and internal and external locus of control. Implications for nursing research and further research are presented.


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