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Positive Reinforcement May Help Patients Take Their Meds
Date:1/27/2012

hanced with behavioral constructs drawn from positive psychology and designed to foster [self-affirmation] produced significantly greater medication adherence in hypertensive African Americans than [patient education] alone," the authors wrote in a journal news release.

The study authors noted that more research is needed to determine if incorporating positive reinforcement into treatment for high blood pressure would be cost-effective.

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The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about hypertension.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: JAMA/Archives, news release, Jan. 23, 2012


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