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Investigation of Treatment Adherence of Different Generational Patients Using Antihypertensive Medication
Canan Demir Barutcu
1Mehmet Akif Ersoy Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Hemşirelik Bölümü, Burdur, Türkiye Objectives: This study was conducted in order to investigate treatment adherence of different generational patients using antihypertensive medication.

Methods: This descriptive type of study was conducted from 132 patients. Data were collected by face-to-face interview method using the medication adherence scale. In the analysis of the data,: chi-square, one-way ANOVAand student t-test were used.

Results: The average adherence scale score of Baby Boomer who participated in the study was 7.32 ± 2.41 and Generation X patients who participated in the study was 5.94 ± 2.67. There was a statistically significant difference found among patients in Baby Boomers and Generation X groups in terms of total average medication adherence scale score (p < 0.05). The total average score of Baby Boomer patients was higher than that of generation X patients. When the individual characteristics and clinical characteristics of the two groups" patients were compared to the average scores of medication adherence scale, a significant difference was found between the two groups in terms of employment status, social security and income status. In addition, it was determined that there was no significant difference between the two groups in terms of other individual and clinical characteristics, including gender, marital status, educational status, smoking, exercising and status of having an accompanying chronic disease.

Conclusion: In this study, generation X patients who received antihypertensive medication were found to have a better treatment adherence. For this reason, it is important for nurses and other members of the healthcare team to know the intergenerational differences, to guide based on the characteristics of generations and to recommend behavioral changes. Keywords : Generations, hypertension, chronic disease, medication compliance (or Adherence?)