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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2017, Volume : 5, Issue : 4
First page : (105) Last page : (116)
Article doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.5342

¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬Factors Affecting Adherence to Healthy Lifestyle

Bhawana Sharma1* and Mukta Agrawal2 
1Research Scholar,2Associate Professor
Department of Home Science, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, Rajasthan
*Corresponding Author E-mail: sharma10bhawana@gmail.com
Received: 15.07.2017  |  Revised: 26.07.2017   |  Accepted: 27.07.2017  


The aim of study was to determine reasons for poor adherence to lifestyle recommendations. The objective was to determine: reason for poor adherence to dietary regimen, exercise recommendations, medications, and smoking cessation. Factors affecting adherence to lifestyle changes were categorized into four major categories i.e. socio-demographic factors, cognitive factors, interpersonal factors, unintentional/others. It was found that the major factors responsible for non-adherence were busy schedule, low socioeconomic status, low education level, beliefs, health condition, severe weather condition, cost of medications, side effects of medications, poor memory, lack of motivation, lack of social and family support, unwillingness, tendency to eat out, increasing number of fast food outlet, frequent social gatherings, depression, stress, smoking, patient-physician communication, trust in health-care provider, insufficient information on benefits and use of prescribed medicines and proposed lifestyle changes. No particular intervention strategy can improve the adherence of all patients, research studies reach a conclusion that effective attempts to improve patient adherence depend upon a set of significant factors. Mutual cooperation fosters greater patient satisfaction, lessens the risks of non-adherence, and improves patients' health and fitness.

Key words: Poor adherence, Lifestyle changes, Cognitive factors, Cardiovascular risk.

Full Text : PDF; Journal doi : http://dx.doi.org/10.18782

Cite this article: Sharma, B. and Agrawal, M., ­­­­­­­­­­­Factors Affecting Adherence to Healthy Lifestyle, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.5(4): 105-116 (2017). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.5342