Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Medication nonadherence is a healthcare problem that costs the United States billions of dollars annually. The purpose of this project was to propose an evidence-based program for healthcare personnel to increase the rate of medication adherence in hypertensive Black adults who require daily, oral medication. The transtheoretical model of change was used to explain the process of change and to identify approaches to changing non-adherent behaviors related to medications. Motivational interviewing was used to explain the process that nurse-educators would use to guide patients through the stages of change. In the initial step of this quality improvement program, a convenience sample of 9 healthcare personnel were given an overview of the proposed program and asked to provide feedback on the relevance and meaningfulness of the proposed program using a program development evaluation form. Numerical data collected from the evaluation form were gathered using a 5-point Likert-type, scale. The data results were analyzed to determine the relevance and meaningfulness of the proposed program. The analyzed data were reported in frequency and percentages. Descriptive statistics were used. According to the findings, all 9 healthcare personnel supported the use of the proposed program and believed that its content was relevant and meaningful to clinical practice. The findings also revealed that 8 out of the 9 healthcare personnel believed that patients who qualified for the proposed program would be likely to participate. Adoption of this evidence-based program would facilitate social change by improving the rate of medication adherence in hypertensive Black adults and potentially improving their overall health.