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Social support for medication adherence in old age - A double edged sword?


Warner, LM and Schuez, BEC and Ziegelmann, JP and Wurm, S and Schwarzer, R, Social support for medication adherence in old age - A double edged sword?, Psychology & Health: Supplement 2, 20-24 September 2011, Hersonissos, Greece, pp. 237. ISSN 0887-0446 (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Background: In older adults with multiple illnesses, medication regimens become increasingly demanding and can result in suboptimal adherence. We examine general social support, medication-specific social support and social conflict to identify possible mechanisms that operate in predicting adherence. Methods: Observational study with two measurement points, 6 months apart, with 309 multimorbid adults (ages 65■). Adherence was regressed on general support, medication-specific support and social conflict while controlling for baseline adherence and covariates (sex, age, education, number of medicines, attitudes towards medicines and health status). Findings: Medication-specific support was the only, however negative predictor of adherence. Social conflict moderated this relation: Only in participants with high social conflict, medication-specific support was detrimental for adherence (OR╝0.42, p50.05). Discussion: These findings illustrate the need for a more refined analysis of various social factors that might enhance or compromise health behaviours in old age such as medication adherence.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Health Behaviour, Stage Theories
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Schuez, BEC (Dr Benjamin Schuez)
ID Code:77966
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2012-06-06
Last Modified:2012-06-12

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