Needs assessment strategies in working with compliance issues and blood pressure control

Patient Couns Health Educ. 1980;2(1):22-7. doi: 10.1016/s0738-3991(80)80025-5.


This paper addresses the development and effect of health education interventions on compliance behavior and blood pressure control of hypertensive patients. The focus is on two main tactics: 1) the use of a baseline questionnaire to determine the patients' needs in the area of medical regimen management and the translation of that information into education intervention; 2) the development of a group method as a form of internality training providing a needs assessment and simultaneously responding to the assessment. The results supported the study's hypotheses with respect to blood pressure control. Both the theoretical and practical aspects of internality training as a needs assessment process and a skill training process are discussed.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health*
  • Female
  • Group Processes*
  • Hospital Bed Capacity, 500 and over
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / drug therapy
  • Hypertension / psychology*
  • Male
  • Maryland
  • Middle Aged
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Outpatient Clinics, Hospital
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires