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Am J Health Behav. 2009 Mar-Apr;33(2):158-71.

Mental health, binge drinking, and antihypertension medication adherence.

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  • 1Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, CA 92350, USA. jbanta@llu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To evaluate the relationship between self-reported mental health and binge drinking, as well as health status, sociodemographic, social support, economic resource, and health care access indicators to antihypertension medication adherence.

METHOD:

Analysis of 2003 California Health Interview Survey data.

RESULTS:

Having poor mental health days predicted medication nonadherence, whereas binge drinking did not. Nonadherence predictors included younger age, Latino, non-US citizen, uninsured, less education, and no regular medical care. Adherence predictors were older age, African American, having prescription insurance, a college degree, poor health, comorbid diabetes or heart disease, and overweight or obese.

CONCLUSION:

Better mental health may improve medication adherence among hypertensive individuals.

PMID:
18844510
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