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Medication barriers and anti-hypertensive medication adherence: The moderating role of locus of control

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Locus of control as a moderator of the relationship between medication barriers (e.g., side-effects, forgetting to take medication, and keeping track of pills) and anti-hypertensive medication adherence was examined. Baseline data were obtained from 588 hypertensive veterans. In general, fewer medication barriers, higher internal locus of control and lower external locus of control was associated with better hypertensive medication adherence. Furthermore, internal locus of control served as a moderator ( = −.74, p  
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Keywords: Hypertension; locus of control; medication adherence; medication barriers; veterans

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Center for Aging and Human Development, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA 2: Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Publication date: 2006-02-01

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