The purpose of this study was to identify the relationship between elderly diabetics' sense of power and their rate of compliance to a prescribed treatment regimen. The researcher hypothesized that there would be no significant correlation between sense of power and rate of compliance to a prescribed treatment regimen. The Health Care Practice Scale - Part A (HCPS-A) and the Health Care Practice Scale- Part B (HCPS-B) were administered to 16 Type II diabetics who were 65 years or older. Statistical analysis using Pearson r^ found no significant relationship ; therefore, the researcher failed to reject the hypothesis. The researcher recommends that a similar study with a larger, more representative sample be conducted. The compliance measurement tool (HCPS-A) should be revised so that it is s pe c i f i c to dia b e t es . A study comparing diabetics ' perception of the treatment regimen with an a c t u a l p r e s c r i b e d t r e a t m e n t re g i m e n sho u l d also be c o n d u c t e d . In r egards to nursing. G e r i a t r i c N u rse Clinicians should encourage compliance and stimulate clients with an external locus of control to accept more responsibility for health maintenance.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Graduate Nursing

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First Advisor

Dr. Rayma Skinner

Second Advisor

Dr. Mary Patricia Curtis

Third Advisor

Doris Saade

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Nursing Commons