Health Related Behaviors and Medication Adherence in Patients with Hepatitis C

Author: Saira Batool 

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar

Degree: M.Phil

Year:2009-2011

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Abstract

The present study was conducted to assess the health related behaviors and medication adherence in male and female patients with hepatitis C. It was hypothesized that: a. there is a significant change in the pre-post health related behaviors of patients with hepatitis C; b. the patients with hepatitis C are likely to show high adherence with the treatment; c, patients with hepatitis C are likely to have low level of information. A total number of hundred patients with hepatitis C were taken from two different hospitals of Lahore. Age range of the patients was 20 years to 65 years (M = 35.02, SD = 9.5l). A self constructed health related behavior questionnaire was used to assess the pre and post health related behaviors of the patients. Morisky Medication Adherence Scale was used to assess the medication adherence of the patients. Results indicate that there was a significant change in the health related behaviors of the patients with hepatitis C after their diagnosis. They were exercising better health related behaviors alter their diagnosis. The results also indicate that patients with hepatitis C showed medium to high adherence with treatment. The results also revealed that patients with hepatitis C show high level of information.

Keywords: medication adherence, hepatitis c, health-related behaviors.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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