Positive reinforcement might help patients take meds as directed

January 27, 2012 9:54:05 AM PST
Unexpected rewards may be the key to getting patients to take their blood pressure medications.

A new study shows that positive reinforcement, such as receiving small, unexpected gifts and introducing upbeat thoughts into daily routines, seems to help patients to take their medications as directed.

That's the finding of a study at NYU involving nearly 300 men. The results are noted in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Poor blood pressure control can lead to heart problems, stroke and death.

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