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The relationship between reactance and medication adherence was not statistically significant in this study buy allopurinol 300 mg line. One explanation for the lack of reactant behaviors was that the design of the tool may not have captured the intrinsic motivation that Black women possess due to their unique psychological complexities purchase 300mg allopurinol with mastercard. Although the reactance tool was designed to identify clients who may need additional help in adhering to the treatment regimen allopurinol 300mg on-line, its use with Black women was not previously established allopurinol 100 mg. No known studies have investigated reactant behaviors in Black women as related to medication adherence purchase 300 mg allopurinol mastercard. Because very little is known about the psychology make-up of Black women and the challenges they face in various aspects of their lives, they are oftentimes misjudged, misunderstood, and even labeled as mythical creatures (Jones & Shorter-Gooden, 2003). Although this tool has merit, further development and research are needed to capture psychological reactance in Black women. In the current study, no significant correlations were found in the reactance scores of younger women or older women. Studies focused on refining the instrument and including increased numbers of younger women may provide clarity on the role of reactance to medication adherence. Even though knowledge in itself is not enough to ensure adherence, it is necessary for adherence to occur (Pascucci et al. Self-care knowledge is educational information a client has learned to independently take care of their personal needs. According to Becker (1985), clients who are motivated to adhere to the treatment regimen must have adequate 168 knowledge to succeed. This model describes the client‘s naturalistic decisions that reflect his or her choice of behaviors in self-care maintenance and self-care management. Management differs in that it refers to recognizing, responding, making decisions about appropriate treatment, implementing the treatments, and evaluating the response to the treatment. Self-care confidence, though not part of the model, is the ability to perform a task comfortably to achieve the desired outcome. The management subscale not a significant univariable predictor of medication adherence. However, the authors noted that benefits of self-care, such as lower health care costs, effective relationships with health care providers, and client satisfaction may be evident in some clients with below-average scores on the subscales. Clients who possess knowledge, experience, and skill of their disease process are expertly engaged in self-care (Riegel et al. While it is advantageous for client‘s to have knowledge, experience, and skill to conduct self-care, if the client is not motivated to adhere to the treatment regimen, they are unlikely to improve (Becker, 1985). The literature indicates that many Black clients generally distrust White health care providers because of their historical legacy of slavery and oppression that contributed to perceptions of injustices and discriminatory experiences in various health care situations (Gamble, 1997; Spillers, 1987; "Unequal treatment", 2002; Washington, 2006). This lack of trust in White health care providers may result in a lack of adherence to the treatment regimen (Greer, 2010). Consequently, many Black clients may have a preference for care and treatment from Black health care providers (Flack et al. However, the scarcity of Black health care providers is concerning and limits the Black clients‘ inclination to choose a provider based on race. Also, inappropriate cultural competence and awareness to treat the holistic needs of Black clients by health care 170 providers of other races and ethnicities may further complicate the trust issue and medication adherence outcomes (Barksdale, 2009; Yancy et al. The optimal predictive model in this study revealed that the dynamic variable that had a statistically significant relationship with medication adherence was trust. As trust in the health care provider increased, adherence to medications increased. That is, participants who reported the most trust in their health care providers were more willing to adhere to the prescribed treatment regimen. This finding is congruent to expectations that trust promotes better medication adherence (Benkert et al. Because the sex of participants in the study was not reported, it is unclear whether Black women were included. Although the findings of the current study support currently held beliefs regarding trust and medication adherence, there is reason to consider an alternative viewpoint for clients who may not trust their health care providers. Clients who are distrustful may recognize that their health needs are not satisfied when they are left with superficial directives that are virtually meaningless and impossible to follow. Over time, the clients 171 become symptomatic and gain the label of being nonadherent to the treatment regimen that they may have had no knowledge. In essence, health care providers may not be providing Black clients with the health care information and services necessary to promote healthy lifestyle changes, thus increasing distrust of the health care provider.

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Hallmarks of this disease include: • Muscle aches; mild to severe weakness • Rhabdomyolysis purchase allopurinol 300mg on-line, myoglobinuria cheap allopurinol 300 mg mastercard, red urine Episode provoked by prolonged exercise especially after fasting, cold, or associated stress • Symptoms may be exacerbated by high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet Muscle biopsy shows elevated muscle triglyceride detected as lipid droplets in cyto- plasm • Primary treatment: cease muscle activity and give glucose A somewhat similar syndrome can be produced by muscle carnitine deficiency secondary to a defect in the transport system for carnitine in muscle. Propionic Acid Pathway Fatty acids with an odd number of carbon atoms are oxidized by ~-oxidation identically to even-carbon fatty acids. The difference results only from the final cycle, in which even-carbon fatty acids yield two acetyl-CoA (from the 4-carbon fragment remaining) but odd-carbon fatty acids yield one acetyl-CoA and one propionyl-CoA (from the 5-carbon fragment remaining). Propionyl-CoA is converted to succinyl-CoA, a citric acid cycle intermediate, in the two-step propionic acid pathway. Because this extra succinyl-CoA can form malate and enter the cyto- plasm and gluconeogenesis, odd-carbon fatty acids represent an exception to the rule that fatty acids cannot be converted to glucose in humans. The propionic acid pathway is shown in Figure 1-16-3 and includes two important enzymes, both in the mitochondria: • Propionyl-CoA carboxylase requires biotin. In a patient with megaloblastic anemia, it is important to determine the underlying cause because B[2 deficiency, if not corrected, produces a peripheral neuropathy owing to aberrant fatty acid incorporation into the myelin sheets associated with inadequate methylmalonyl-CoA mutase activity. Cardiac and skeletal muscles and renal cortex metabolize acetoacetate and 3-hydroxybutyrate to acetyl-CoA. Normally during a fast, muscle metabolizes ketones rapidly as the liver releases them, preventing their accumulation in blood. After a week of ing, ketones reach a concentration in blood high enough for the brain to begin metabolizing them. Ketogenesis (Liver) and Ketogenolysis (Extrahepatic) Ketogenesis Ketogenesis occurs in mitochondria of hepatocytes when excess acetyl-CoA accumulates in the fasting state. Acetone is a minor side product formed nonenzymatically but is not used as a fuel in tissues. It does, however, impart a strong odor (sweet or fruity) to the breath, which is almost diagnostic for ketoacidosis. Ketogenolysis in Brain Figure 1-16-5 shows the major pathways producing fuel for the brain. Note the important times at which the brain switches from: • Glucose derived from liver glycogenolysis to glucose derived from gluconeogenesis (~12 hours) Glucose derived from gluconeogenesis to ketones derived from fatty acids (-1 week) In the brain, when ketones are metabolized to acetyl-CoA, pyruvate dehydrogenase is inhibited. This important switch spares body protein (which otherwise would be catabolized to form glucose by gluconeogenesis in the liver) by allowing the brain to indirectly metabolize fatty acids as ketone bodies. An infection or trauma (causing an increase in cortisol and epinephrine) may precipitate an episode of keto- acidosis. The basis for this observation is not completely understood, although type 2 disease has a much slower, insidious onset, and insulin resistance in the periphery is usually not complete. Chronic hypoglycemia, which is often present in chronic alcoholism, favors fat release from adipose. Ketone production increases in the liver, but utilization in muscle may be slower than normal because alcohol is converted to acetate in the liver, diffuses into the blood, and oxidized by muscle as an alternative source of acetyl-CoA. In pathologic conditions, such as diabetes and alcoholism, ketoacidosis may develop with life-threatening consequences. In diabetic and alcoholic ketoacidosis, the ratio between acetoacetate and ~-hydroxybutyrate shifts and ~-hydroxybutyrate predominates. The urinary nitroprusside test detects only aceto- acetate and can dramatically underestimate the extent of ketoacidosis and its resolution during treatment. Home monitors of both blood glucose and ~-hydroxybutyrate are available for diabetic patients. Although sphingolipids contain no glycerol, they are similar in structure to the glycerophos- pholipids in that they have a hydrophilic region and two fatty acid-derived hydrophobic tails. The various classes of sphingolipids shown in Figure 1-16-7 differ primarily in the nature of the hydrophilic region. Lysosomes contain many enzymes, each of which removes specific groups from individual sphingolipids. Genetic deficiencies of many of these enzymes are known, and the diseases share some of the characteristics of I-cell disease discussed in Chapter 4.

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