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AbstractPurpose: To explore the relationship between beliefs about medication and medication adherence in the older adult. Organizing Constructs: Medication adherence and beliefs within the framework of Orem's Self -Care Theory. Study Design: This exploratory study uses a correlational design to survey a convenience sample of older adults. Methods: A convenience sample of 30 older adults, living independently, at least 65 years of age, and taking at least 3 prescription medications per day, were surveyed to identify factors that may influence medication non -adherence. Participants were asked to complete a demographic questionnaire, the Beliefs about Medication Scale, and the Morisky Medication Adherence Scale. Descriptive analyses and Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficients were conducted. Results: A relationship between beliefs and medication adherence was not identified in this group of older adults. Conclusion: Beliefs may be an important factor in medication adherence. Further research is needed to explore the relationship between the two concepts in a less homogeneous sample.
Degree ProgramGraduate College