Objective: To determine the prevalence of blood pressure selfmeasurement among those with hypertension and examine how this behavior may be associated with illness perceptions, risk perceptions, and attitudes about care. Methods: Cross-sectional data from a population-based study of cardiovascular disease (n=656). Results: The prevalence of self-measurement was 26.2%. Both above- and below-average perceived risks of stroke were associated with a decreased likelihood of self-monitoring (OR=0.36, 95% CI=0.14-0.91; and OR=0.16, 95% CI=0.05-0.75 respectively). Completely trusting the medical system was associated with a decreased likelihood of self-monitoring (OR=0.47, 95% CI=0.22-0.99). Conclusion: Selfmonitoring can be influenced by illness risk perception and patient- physician trust.
- Home blood pressure monitoring.
- Illness perceptions
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health(social science)
- Social Psychology
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health