African American rates of hypertension

Mrs. Trudy Jackson is a 75-year-old African American woman who has had hypertension for the past 15 years. She states that she doesn’t always take her pills because they cost $250 a month; if she feels ok, she doesn’t take them.

  1. How do African American rates of hypertension and corresponding morbidity and mortality compare to other groups?
  2. What is the nurse’s responsibility regarding educating Mrs. Jackson about her hypertension?
  3. What potential barriers may affect Mrs. Jackson’s health behavior?

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