The Effect of the Motivational Interview Method on the Lifestyle of Hypertensive Individuals

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Funda Ozpulat

Abstract

This study aims to analyse the effect of motivational interviews on the lifestyle of hypertensive individuals. This study was conducted with hypertensive individuals between the ages of 24 and 45, registered in seven family health centres in Aksehir, Konya, Turkey. The 75 individuals who agreed to participate were allocated into two groups: experimental and control. Both the groups were administered the pre-test, then the experimental group was visited for a total of 5 times: four visits at threeweek intervals and one visit after one month. The study was completed by administering the post-test to both groups and data were analysed using SPSS 17.0. Statistically significant differences were found between the pre-test and post-test scores of the experimental group in terms of blood pressure and BMI. In conclusion, motivational interviews can be used in ensuring healthy nutrition and regulation of their exercise level and blood pressure for hypertensive individuals.

Keywords: Hypertension, lifestyle, blood pressure, body mass index, nursing

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