What is the Level of Knowledge about Hypertension among a Convenience Sample of Community Members and Does this Correlate with HTN Medical Regimen Compliance?
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I chose Merle H. Mishel’s Uncertainty in Illness Theory as the framework for my research paper. Mishel believes that uncertainty is the inability to determine the meaning of illness-related events, occurring when the decision maker is unable to assign definite value to objects or events, or is unable to predict outcomes accurately. Educating patients on their illness, treatment, and side effects also can lessen the amount of uncertainty they feel regarding their illness. Uncertainty is a constant occurrence from the diagnosis to living with a chronic illness. Uncertainty decreases over times and returns on illness recurrence or exacerbation. Uncertainty can be the most distressing to a person during the diagnosis phase. This is the point at which health care providers could lessen the uncertainty of a patient by educating the patient about the illness, showing confidence in treating their illness, and giving the patient clear and concise information.