Monday, January 05, 2009

Behavioral Counseling Improves Adherence in Elderly

The Department of Medicine at New York University has published a paper suggesting that behavioral counseling can make a big difference in adherence. The study, published in October, had 65 minority elderly participants. The intervention included a total of 8 behavioral counseling sessions for lifestyle changes important to the control of hypertension (medication adherence, diet, exercise, etc.). In addition to a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure of 13.0 (p=0.004), medication adherence and diet both improved substantially (26%, p=.03; and 23%, p=.03 respectively).