Provider communication effects medication adherence in hypertensive African Americans

Antoinette Schoenthaler, William F. Chaplin, John P. Allegrante, Senaida Fernandez, Marleny Diaz-Gloster, Jonathan N. Tobin, Gbenga Ogedegbe

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Objective: To evaluate the effect of patients' perceptions of providers' communication on medication adherence in hypertensive African Americans. Methods: Cross-sectional study of 439 patients with poorly controlled hypertension followed in community-based healthcare practices in the New York metropolitan area. Patients' rating of their providers' communication was assessed with a perceived communication style questionnaire,while medication adherence was assessed with the Morisky self-report measure. Results: Majority of participants were female, low-income, and had high school level educations, with mean age of 58 years. Fifty-five percent reported being nonadherent with their medications; and 51% rated their provider's communication to be non-collaborative. In multivariate analysis adjusted for patient demographics and covariates (depressive symptoms, provider degree), communication rated as collaborative was associated with better medication adherence (β = -.11, p = .03). Other significant correlates of medication adherence independent of perceived communication were age (β = .13, p = .02) and depressive symptoms (β = -.18, p = .001). Conclusion: Provider communication rated as more collaborative was associated with better adherence to antihypertensive medications in a sample of low-income hypertensive African-American patients. Practice implications: The quality of patient-provider communication is a potentially modifiable element of the medical relationship that may affect health outcomes in this high-risk patient population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-191
Number of pages7
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Volume75
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2009

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Medication Adherence
African Americans
Communication
Depression
Community Health Services
Self Report
Antihypertensive Agents
Multivariate Analysis
Cross-Sectional Studies
Demography
Hypertension
Education
Health

Keywords

  • African American
  • Hypertension
  • Medication adherence
  • Patient-provider communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Schoenthaler, A., Chaplin, W. F., Allegrante, J. P., Fernandez, S., Diaz-Gloster, M., Tobin, J. N., & Ogedegbe, G. (2009). Provider communication effects medication adherence in hypertensive African Americans. Patient Education and Counseling, 75(2), 185-191. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2008.09.018

Provider communication effects medication adherence in hypertensive African Americans. / Schoenthaler, Antoinette; Chaplin, William F.; Allegrante, John P.; Fernandez, Senaida; Diaz-Gloster, Marleny; Tobin, Jonathan N.; Ogedegbe, Gbenga.

In: Patient Education and Counseling, Vol. 75, No. 2, 05.2009, p. 185-191.

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Schoenthaler, A, Chaplin, WF, Allegrante, JP, Fernandez, S, Diaz-Gloster, M, Tobin, JN & Ogedegbe, G 2009, 'Provider communication effects medication adherence in hypertensive African Americans', Patient Education and Counseling, vol. 75, no. 2, pp. 185-191. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2008.09.018
Schoenthaler A, Chaplin WF, Allegrante JP, Fernandez S, Diaz-Gloster M, Tobin JN et al. Provider communication effects medication adherence in hypertensive African Americans. Patient Education and Counseling. 2009 May;75(2):185-191. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2008.09.018
Schoenthaler, Antoinette ; Chaplin, William F. ; Allegrante, John P. ; Fernandez, Senaida ; Diaz-Gloster, Marleny ; Tobin, Jonathan N. ; Ogedegbe, Gbenga. / Provider communication effects medication adherence in hypertensive African Americans. In: Patient Education and Counseling. 2009 ; Vol. 75, No. 2. pp. 185-191.
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