Influence Of Emotional Reactivity And Risk Perception On Health Related Quality Of Life Among Hypertensive Patients

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Influence Of Emotional Reactivity And Risk Perception On Health Related Quality Of Life Among Hypertensive Patients


The study investigated the influence of emotional reactivity and risk perception on health related quality of life among hypertensive patients. Two hundred and twenty-six (226) hypertensive patients. 124 of the patients were males while 102 were females. The participant’s ages ranges from 26 to 72 years and their mean age to be 59.36 years. A cross sectional design was adopted for the study. Instruments used in the study were: Perth Emotional Reactivity Scale (PERS) developed by Beccerra and Camptelli (2013), A Domain – specific Risk Attitude Scale developed by Weber, Blaiz and Betz (2002) and SF-36 Health Related Quality of Life Questionnaire developed by Babbie (2002). A two way Analyses of Variance (ANOVA) was used to analyze the data. The result showed that there is a significant influence of risk perception on Health related quality of life among hypertensive patients [F (1, 640) = 20.66, p < .05]. The result also revealed that there is a significant influence of Emotional Reactivity on Health related quality of life among hypertensive patients [F (1, 226) = 33.19, p < .05]. The result also revealed that there is no interaction influence between emotional reactivity and risk perception on Health related quality of life among hypertensive patients. It was therefore concluded that emotional reactivity and risk perceptionare factors that can influence Health related quality of life among hypertensive patients. Implications and recommendations for future study were made.

Chapter One


1.1. Background of the Study

The benefits of good health can never be over-emphasized as its importance is evident not only in the life of the individual but to the family unit and the larger society. This accounts therefore, for the reason behind the numerous research on health and the various factors affecting it such as; lifestyle, environment, genetics, nutrition and even diseases. The World Health Organization (2013) defined human health in a broader sense as a state of physical, social and mental well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. More recently, Alan (2017), defined health as the experience of physical and psychological well being

Quality of life (QOL) on the other hand is a broad multi-dimensional concept that usually includes subjective of both positive and negative aspects of life. Although health is one of the important aspects of Quality of Life, there are other notable aspects such as jobs, housing, neighborhood, etc. The concept of Quality of Life refers to the degree to which one enjoys in the area of being (who one is physical, psychological and spiritual being) belonging (connections with one’s environment; physical belonging, social belonging, community belonging) and becoming (achieving personal goals, hopes and aspirations; practical becoming, leisure becoming, growth becoming) the important possibilities of his or her life (Centre for Health Promotion, 2004). One of the central components in the area of being, belonging and becoming is one’s perception of his or her own health. Thus, the importance of shedding more light on the concept of Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL).

The concept of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and its determinants have evolved since the 1980s to encompass those aspects of overall quality of life that can be clearly shown to affect health—either physical or mental (Centre for Disease Control, 2000; McHourney,1999; Gandek, Sinclair, Kosinski& Ware, 2004). Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) has been identified as a goal for all people across all life stages by leading health organizations (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2000; World Health Organization, 2007). HRQOL, that is, quality of life relative to one’s health or disease status, is a concern of policymakers, researchers, and health care practitioners (Till, Osoba, Pater & Young, 2000). Especially important is the need to align HRQOL research priorities with the needs and values of patients and their families.

Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) therefore, is a multi-dimensional concept that includes domains related to physical, mental, emotional and social functioning. It goes beyond direct measures of population health, life expectancies and causes of death. It focuses on the impact health status has on quality of life (Healthy people, 2002). On the basis of a synthesis of the scientific literature and advice from its public health partners, Centre for Disease Control (2000) has defined HRQOL as “an individual’s or group’s perceived physical and mental health over time. Health-related quality of life” (HRQL), according to American Thoraic Association, (2003) is an individual’s satisfaction or happiness with domains of life, so far as they affect or are affected by “health”. Hence, HRQOL can be distinguished from quality of life in that it concerns itself primarily with those factors that fall under the purview of health care providers and health care-systems, (Wilson & Cleary, 1995). Health related quality of life has been associated with chronic health disorders such as cancer, hypertension, etc. In this study, the concept of health related quality of life will be investigated among hypertensive patients.

Generally speaking, then, assessment of HRQL represents an attempt to determine how variables within the dimension of health (e.g., a disease or its treatment) relate to particular dimensions of life that have been determined to be important to people in general (generic HRQL) or to people who have a specific disease (condition-specific HRQL). Most conceptualizations of HRQL emphasize the effects of disease on physical, social/role, psychological/emotional, and cognitive functioning. Symptoms, health perceptions, and overall quality of life are often included in the concept domain of HRQOL (Ware, 1995).

Individuals’ HRQOL offers a multidimensional perspective of their physical, psychological, and social function, (Ware, 1995). For that reason, HRQOL has gained ground as a primary measure of the impact of disease, (Wilson & Cleary, 1995; Ware, 1995). In addition, it can often be used more easily than clinical parameters as a health-related index helping healthcare workers to understand patients’ needs and provide them with quality health services. HRQOL in populations with cancer, stroke, CVD, and other chronic diseases has been studied extensively using different methods in recent years. However, previous studies had limitations with respect to identifying features according to disease and generalizing results, because the study subjects were typically compared with healthy subject groups and the studies were not designed as randomized controlled trials. Healthcare teams need to provide intensive and focused programs for people with any of the above-mentioned diseases. Thus, the primary aim of this study was to investigate the health conditions of community-dwelling populations with cancer, stroke, and CVD based on standardized data. The second aim was to identify the difference. In this study, the concept of health related quality of life will be studied among hypertensive patients.

1.2 Aims and Objective

  1. This project work is aimed at investigating whether there is a relationship between emotional reactivity and blood pressure of hypertensive patients.
  2. To estimate the regression model between the variables based on the sample collected.
  3. To test the significance of the coefficient of regression.
  4. To determine the extent and direction of the relationship between the variables; emotional reactivity and blood pressure.

1.3 Scope of the Study

This project work is designed to cover the statistical model of effects of emotional reactivity on Two hundred and twenty-six (226) hypertensive patients in the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Ituku/Ozalla Enugu State. The data used is a secondary data collected from the laboratory unit of the Hospital.

1.4 Limitations of the Study

The limitations of the project work is mostly the difficulties encountered during data collection some of these difficulties are as follows:-

  1. The cost of getting project materials, data and the time constrained in carrying out the project work.
  2. The unwillingness of the offices in charge, to release information and data as expected.
  3. The data used are secondary data and as such, some errors (generated errors) might have been committed.

1.5 Significance of the Study

This project work will help individuals to predict their blood pressure given their emotional reactivity and will equally help them to know what to do when their emotional reactivity is becoming too much.

1.6 Definition of Terms

Emotional Reactivity:

This is how heavy somebody or something is which can be measured in, for example kilograms or pounds.


This is the measurement of how tall a person or thing is.

High Blood Pressure:

This occurs when one’s blood move through the arteries at a higher pressure than normal.

Chapter Five

Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation

5.1 Summary

From the study and analysis carried out it is seen that the condition of hypertensive patients is worsened by excess emotional reactivity and in order for them to become normal they need to work on their emotional reactivity.

5.2 Conclusion

The study sought to examine the effect of emotional reactivity on blood pressure of hypertensive patients Y = 1.726 – 4.32E-03

The empirical findings of the study reveals that emotional reactivity has an impart on the level of blood pressure and this falls in line with what have been mentioned in our literature review. Therefore, it is wise to say that emotional reactivity loss may contribute positively in managing the problem of hypertension.

5.3 Recommendation

From our study we can see that excess emotional reactivity increases the blood pressure of hypertensive patients, so in order for the patients to become normal they should be doing the followings:-

  1. Watch and control their food intake by eating more fruits, vegetables, food that contain more fiber and vitamin D, eating more fish and avoid much alcohol intake.
  2. They should engage themselves in regular aerobic exercise. That is, walking or running for about 20 to 226 minutes most days of the week.
  3. Visit the clinic more frequently and take anti-hypertensive drugs.

Finally, for further study on this topic I recommend that an increase in the sample size will enable us have a better understanding of the estimate of the relationship existing between the variables used.

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