Date of Award

Fall 1979

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




The Health Belief Model is a conceptual framework which has been utilized to explain and predict compliance behavior. Predicting and explaining compliance behavior does not provide for achievement of recommended compliance with prescribed regimens unless interventions are developed to assist the patient in obtaining or maintaining the desired health state. The purpose of this master's study was to determine if effective nursing interventions could be developed for patients with chronic disease states through the use of the Health Belief Model as an assessment tool. The participant observation method of data collection was utilized to assess the health related behaviors of five adults with a primary diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Where deficiencies in obtaining or maintaining compliance behavior were assessed, nursing interventions were formulated and executed, and the response to the intervention was documented. The nursing interventions provided for achievement of actions toward compliance in each patient's particular situation.



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