Effects of an Extreme Heat Adaptation Program in Hypertensive Patients

고혈압환자의 폭염 적응력 증진을 위한 프로그램 효과

Jeong, Seong Hee;Kim, Nam Soon;Chae, Sumi;Lee, Eun Ju

  • Received : 2014.04.18
  • Accepted : 2014.07.01
  • Published : 2014.08.31


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify the effects of an extreme heat Adaptation Program on the blood pressure, stress response, self-efficacy, and knowledge of management of hypertension and extreme heat of patients who suffered from hypertension. Methods: A quasi-experimental study with a non-equivalent control group pretest-posttest design was used. The data collection period was between July 2 and August 20, 2012. Thirty-seven patients participated in the study (18 in the experimental group and 19 in the control group). Data were analyzed using $X^2$-test, t-test, and Cronbach's alpha coefficients with SPSS/WIN 19.0. Results: Patients who participated in the program showed statistically significant improvements in systolic blood pressure (SBP), self-efficacy, and knowledge of management of hypertension and extreme heat. Conclusion: The results indicate that this extreme heat adaptation program can be utilized for patients suffering from hypertension in order to reduce their SBP and to increase self-efficacy and knowledge of management of hypertension and extreme heat. Therefore, it is recommended that this program be used for elderly patients suffering from chronic disease.


Climate change;Extreme heat;Hypertension;Self-efficacy;Knowledge


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