Print Share Email Send Email Your Name (required) ! Example: John Doe Email Address (required) ! Error: Please enter a valid sender email address. Example: email@example.com CC Me Recipient Email Address (required) ! Separate multiple email address with semi-colons (up to 5). Subject Subject for your email. Message (Maximum characters: 1,000) Error: Please enter your name Error: Please enter your email address Error: Please enter a valid recipient email address. Example:firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you! Your email has been sent to: The recipient(s) will receive an email message that includes a link to the selected article. Recipients may need to check their spam filters or confirm that the address is safe. Return to: Send Another Email An error has occurred sending your email(s). Please try again later or contact an administrator at OnlineCustomer_Service@email.mheducation.com. Return to: Twitter Facebook Linkedin Reddit Get Citation Citation AMA Citation Engstrom K, Mechanick J. Engstrom K, Mechanick J Engstrom, Krysthel, and Jeffrey Mechanick. "A Cluster-Randomized Trial of Blood-Pressure Reduction in Black Barbershops." Hurst's the Heart Updates, 24 May 2016. McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 2016. AccessCardiology. http://accesscardiology.mhmedical.com/updatesContent.aspx?gbosid=424341§ionid=189591993 MLA Citation Engstrom K, Mechanick J. Engstrom K, Mechanick J Engstrom, Krysthel, and Jeffrey Mechanick.. "A Cluster-Randomized Trial of Blood-Pressure Reduction in Black Barbershops." Hurst's the Heart Updates Fuster V. Fuster V Fuster, Valentin. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2016, http://accesscardiology.mhmedical.com/updatesContent.aspx?gbosid=424341§ionid=189591993. Download citation file: RIS (Zotero) EndNote BibTex Medlars ProCite RefWorks Reference Manager Mendeley © Copyright Tools Clip Full Chapter Figures Only Tables Only Videos Only Supplementary Content Top A Cluster-Randomized Trial of Blood-Pressure Reduction in Black Barbershops by Krysthel Engstrom, MD; Jeffrey Mechanick, MD, + +Update to Chapter 25: Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypertension Study Summary + +African-American men have high rates of hypertension-related deaths and low rates of physician visits and adherence. Victor et al. (1) developed a cluster-randomized trial of a blood pressure (BP) control program in black-owned barbershops to assess the effects of intensive counseling and treatment within the community. The active control group consisted of trained barbers providing instruction on lifestyle modification and encouragement to follow-up with a physician. The intervention consisted of the trained barber counseling and full-time doctoral-level pharmacists specialized as hypertension clinicians regularly visiting barbershops, measuring BP, treating hypertension, and monitoring plasma electrolytes. Among the 303 black men with a confirmed systolic BP of ≥140 mm Hg and who regularly attended barbershops, the mean systolic BP in the intervention group (N=132) was reduced by 27 mm Hg at 6 months, vs. 9.3 mm Hg in the active control group (N=171) (see accompanying Hurst’s Central Illustration). A BP level < 130/80 mm Hg was achieved in 63.6% of the intervention group vs. in 11.7% of the control group. + Blood-Pressure Reduction in Black Male Barbershop Patrons Graphic Jump LocationView Full Size|Favorite Figure|Download Slide (.ppt) Commentary + +Study Strengths: In this study, the challenge of bringing rigorous screening services directly into an underserved community was cleverly solved by partnering health care professionals with trusted community leaders to deliver treatment directly to patients at locations they frequent during their daily lives. By taking counseling and healthcare out of the office setting and simplifying their delivery in such a manner, this collaboration was shown to result in a greater adherence to and an impact of hypertension treatment. This was a well-designed trial demonstrating the immediate impact of community primary prevention efforts with the as yet unexplored potential for significantly impacting future cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in high-risk groups. +Study Limitations: Limitations included a relatively short follow-up period, possible differences in the target BP of pharmacists vs. community physicians, masked hypertension (i.e., having lower BP in the doctor’s office than at home), and the more rigorous follow-up in the intervention group which may have led to greater adherence to treatment. +Next Steps/Clinical Perspective: It will be interesting to see whether the BP control will be sustained in the next 6 months of this ongoing study and if other similar community-based cardiometabolic risk reduction studies can also demonstrate benefits. If such efforts prove to be successful they may represent a novel, viable method of primary prevention delivery.