Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Dr. Stephen Yoshimura
Dr. Joel Iverson, Dr. Jan VanRiper
health communication, uncertainty, information seeking, adherence, compliance
University of Montana
This study examined the main predictors of adherence to a health regimen by patients clinically diagnosed with a heart condition. The theory of motivated information management was used to illuminate salient variables including uncertainty, emotion(s), outcome expectancies, and efficacy assessments. A total of 76 participants completed an online survey, asking about variables related to the theory of motivated information management, adherence, and quality of communication between patient and physician. All together, 90.8% of patients reported properly adhering to their health regimen. The results further indicated that participants had overall low levels of uncertainty regarding their health regimen, and reported positive emotions as a result. Additionally, outcome expectancies and efficacy assessments had a significant effect on the decision to seek information from their physician, which had a significant effect on self-reported rates of adherence. Finally, the quality of communication was found to significantly affect adherence to a given health regimen. These results shed light on the variables that health providers must take into account in order to improve adherence and patient outcomes.
Thiel, Ryan, "Adherence and Uncertainty Management: A Test Of The Theory Of Motivated Information Management" (2017). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 10997.
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