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This quasi-experimental research with a two-group pretest-posttest design was aimed to compare health-behavior scores and blood pressure scores of the Buddhist monks with hypertension between the self-management program group and the control group receiving the usual care. The sample group was 60 Buddhist monks, aged between 40 to 70 years old with hypertension and received services from the medicine outpatient department at Priest hospital. The experimental tool was a self-management program. Questionnaires for collecting data consisted of a personal data, the health data and behavior. Their content validity indices were .92 and .95, respectively, and the Cronbach’s alpha coefficient was .93. The data were analyzed using frequency, percentage, mean, standard deviation, and t-test statistics, both independent and dependent.
The results showed that the experimental group had a statistically and significantly higher mean score on health behaviors than the control group (p = .000). They also had a lower mean score of systolic blood pressure (M = 128.27, SD = 9.69) and diastolic blood pressure (M = 89.37, SD = 7.56) than the control group with statistical significance (p = .000).
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