Essay on Hypertension Lifestyle Factors And Determination

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Question 2: Discussion

For the first group of participants who cannot identify hypertension lifestyle factors and willingness to engage in self-care scores there are a total of 14 participants. The levels of central tendency consist of the mean of 5.5 which is the average score, the median of 5.5 which is the exact middle number and the mode of 7 which is the most frequent occurring score (Salkind, 2013). There was an average deviation from the sample mean of 2.35, therefore it can be said that 95% of cases would fall between -2 standard deviation (SD) and +2SD (Loiselle et al., 2011). At -2SD is a score of 0.80 and +2SD is a score of 10.2, any scores that occur below 0.80 and above 10.2 would be considered an extreme score and occur 5% of the time (Loiselle et al., 2011). The range of scores for individuals who cannot identify hypertension lifestyle factors and willingness to engage in self-care was 8, with a minimum score of 2 and a maximum score of 10. There were no extreme scores. Thus, the mean would be the preferred level of central tendency to explain the group who cannot identify hypertension lifestyle factors and willingness to engage in self-care, as the mean is sensitive to extreme scores (Salkind, 2013). Within this group, the distribution of scores has the median the same score as the mean and the mode more than the mean, thus the distribution would be negatively skewed with the tail towards the left (Salkind, 2013). The kurtosis is a large negative number of…

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