Date of Award

Spring 5-1989

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Committee Director

Christine Heine

Committee Member

Angela Martin

Committee Member

Julie A. Stanik

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.N8H58


Motivation of clients with Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) to adhere to Recommended risk-reducing behaviors (RRB’s) was explored. The sample (n =30) was comprised of clients in a vascular physician group’s practice with a medical diagnosis of PVD. A nonexperimental, descriptive design was utilized to investigate how much variation in adherence to RRB’s by PVD clients could be accounted for by the client’s perceived effectiveness of a RRB and the client’s perceived difficulty in adhering to a RRB. A self-administered three part instrument, a demographic data form, and a self-administered qualitative data form were utilized to collect the data. Regression analysis revealed 26% of the variation in adherence behaviors could be significantly explained by perceived effectiveness. Perceived difficulty did not significantly contribute to the prediction equation. Future research exploring difficulty and effectiveness in other chronic illness populations and, in alternate health states with a higher degree of difficulty is recommended.


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