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Mental Health, Binge Drinking, and Antihypertension Medication Adherence

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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.

Keywords: binge drinking; hypertension; medication adherence; mental health

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, Loma Linda, CA.

Publication date: 2009-03-01

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