EFFECTS OF SELF-CONCEPT ON HEALTH CARE COMPLIANCE IN NON-INSTI.TUTIONALIZED DIABETIC ELDERLY
Neely, Mary Ann
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Noncompliance with health care regimens is a problem in the elderly. This study was designed to investigate the relationship between self-concept and compliance in a group of non-institutionalized elderly diabetic i ndividuals. The Neeley Interactive Self-Concept Model of Nursing was used as a conceptual framework in a descriptive correlation design. Subjects, obtained from two privately owned clinics, completed a mailed questionnaire. Glycosylated hemoglobins were the measure of compliance. Other variables measured were client satisfaction, demographics. health beliefs, social support, and Multiple regression analysis was used to examine the relationships. No relationship was found between self-concept and compliance. A relationship was found between compliance and length of illness and complexity of health care regimen.