Table 4

Behaviours related to self-care and the potential barriers of respondents with chronic conditions

Frequency in performing behaviours related to self-care


Always/

Most of the time

n (%)

Sometimes

n (%)

Not very often/Never

n (%)


Disease progress monitoring#

180 (84.5%)

12 (5.6%)

21 (9.9%)

Medication compliance

188 (90.4%)

8 (3.8%)

12 (5.8%)

Clinic follow-up compliance

187 (89.9%)

7 (3.4%)

14 (6.7%)

Lifestyle modification

158 (74.9%)

28 (13.3%)

25 (11.8%)

Obtain emotional support

84 (44.7%)

27 (14.4%)

77 (41.0%)

Obtain caregiver support

124 (63.9%)

23 (11.9%)

47 (24.2%)


Potential barriers inhibiting self-care of chronic conditions


n (%)

Lack of disease knowledge (n = 204)

88 (43.1%)

Lack of monitoring equipment (n = 205)

85 (41.5%)

Unstable health status (n = 207)

84 (40.6%)

Lack of family/friend's support (n = 212)

70 (33.0%)

Lack of motivation (n = 203)

62 (30.5%)


#Measurement of blood pressure or blood glucose

You et al. BMC Clinical Pharmacology 2011 11:19   doi:10.1186/1472-6904-11-19

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