Buddhist religious practices and blood pressure among elderly in rural Uttaradit Province, northern Thailand

Onwilasini Stewart, Khemika Yamarat, Karl J. Neeser, Somrat Lertmaharit, Eleanor Holroyd

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to test the relationship between Buddhist religious practices and blood pressure. A cross-sectional survey of Buddhist religious practices and blood pressure was conducted with 160 Buddhist elderly in rural Uttaradit, northern Thailand. After controlling for the variables of gender, status, education, salary, underlying hypertension, exercise, salt intake, and taking antihypertensive medications, it was found that lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure is associated with the Buddhist religious practice of temple attendance. The Buddhist older people who regularly attended a temple every Buddhist Holy day (which occurs once a week) were found to have systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings lower than people who did not attend as regularly. It is recommended that nurses advocate for temple attendance in the care protocols for older Buddhist hypertensive patients both in Thailand and internationally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-125
Number of pages7
JournalNursing and Health Sciences
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Blood pressure
  • Buddhism
  • Religion
  • Spirituality
  • Thailand

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