Publication Date

5-31-1997

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Coleen Saylor

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Dietz

Abstract

Hypertension is a disease that afflicts 50 million Americans. Hypertension is a major risk factor that contributes to coronary, renal, and cerebral artery diseases. In an effort to better serve the patients afflicted with hypertension, a major health maintenance organization has developed a nurse managed hypertension clinic. This hypertension clinic functions in accordance with the Joint National Commission on Hypertension guidelines. This study evaluated the satisfaction of those patients that were served by the health maintenance organization's clinic. The results of the study reflected that, overall, most of the patients surveyed were satisfied by the services they received in the clinic. Clinic services offered are education about diet, exercise and blood pressure medications. In addition, patients reported feeling comfortable with individual future blood pressure self-management. Recommendations determined from this study are for the establishment of additional hypertension clinics directed by autonomous nurse practitioners to assist in the care of hypertensive patients in the managed care setting.

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