A small group strategy for improving compliance behavior and blood pressure control

Health Educ Q. 1983 Spring;10(1):56-69. doi: 10.1177/109019818301000104.


A brief small group structured approach to improving compliance behavior and blood pressure control is described. The group intervention is based on the results of a diagnostic baseline survey of ambulatory hypertensive patients receiving care in an inner-city hospital. It was tailored to meet the expressed needs of that population group. Three main steps characterize the intervention: examining health behaviors and compliance issues with the patients using rehearsal of specific coping skills in problem solving activity; using Locus of Control concepts to facilitate process; and encouraging the patient to practice and apply the coping skills in stressful situations. Major themes within the group sessions and general outcomes are examined.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Blood Pressure
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / diagnosis
  • Hypertension / therapy*
  • Male
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods*