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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Graduate School

First Advisor

Martin T. Gipson

First Committee Member

Roseann Hannon

Second Committee Member

David Young

Third Committee Member

Patrick Catania


This study tested the effectiveness of special packaging in increasing the medication compliance of hypertensive patients in the outpatient clinic at San Joaquin General Hospital. Seventy patients were randomly assigned to an experimental and control group. After a 6 week treatment period, the mean compliance estimates for the experimental and control groups (xl = 68.59%, x2 = 48.67%) were compared and found to be significantly different (t = 2.46, df = 33, p < .05). In addition, a statistically significant negative correlation was found between compliance and blood pressure (r = -0.51, p ~ .01).