Self Care of Hypertension Inventory - Patient Version

Primary Contacts:

Victoria Vaughan Dickson, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean, University of Connecticut School of Nursing

Barbara Riegel, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA

Penn Nursing
University of Pennsylvania
418 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4217


Co-Director, International Center for Self-Care Research


Self-care is an essential component of treatment for hypertension (HTN). We used the Self-care of Chronic Illness theory to guide development of Self-care of Hypertension Inventory (SC-HI or “Sky High”). The SC-HI is a 23-item measure of self-care maintenance, monitoring, and management appropriate for persons with chronic HTN. The published psychometric testing demonstrated reliability and validity (Dickson VV, Fletcher J, Riegel B. Psychometric Testing of the Self-Care of Hypertension Inventory (SC-HI) Version 3.0. (2021) Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 36(5), 411-419. DOI: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000827). The results of testing support the conceptual basis of self-care in patients with HTN as a process of maintenance, monitoring, and management.