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September 1987

Improving Follow-up Among Hypertensive Patients Using a Health Belief Model Intervention

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland (Dr P. Jones); School of Nursing, Kent (Ohio) State University (Dr S. Jones); and Emergency Department, St Luke's Hospital, Cleveland (Ms Katz).

Arch Intern Med. 1987;147(9):1557-1560. doi:10.1001/archinte.1987.00370090037007

• Seventy-two hypertensive patients visiting an emergency department (ED) were randomized to one of four study groups to test the effect on compliance of a health belief model (HBM) intervention: a control group, a group receiving an HBM clinical intervention in the ED, a group receiving an HBM telephone call two days after the ED visit, and a combination clinical plus telephone intervention. Patients receiving any HBM intervention were 50% more likely to make, and 47% more likely to keep, a follow-up referral appointment than control group patients.

(Arch Intern Med 1987;147:1557-1560)