Barbershop Intervention Leads to Reduced BP in Black Men

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Barbers promoted follow-up with pharmacists, who prescribed blood pressure medication
Barbers promoted follow-up with pharmacists, who prescribed blood pressure medication

(HealthDay News) -- A barbershop-based intervention can lead to significantly reduced blood pressure and sustained improvements over 1 year in black men, according to a study published online in Circulation.

Ronald G. Victor, MD, from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and colleagues enrolled 319 black male barbershop patrons with systolic BP ≥140 mm Hg at baseline. Fifty-two Los Angeles-area barbershops were assigned to either a pharmacist-led intervention (barbers promoted follow-up with pharmacists who prescribed BP medication under a collaborative practice agreement with patrons' primary care providers [PCPs]) or an active control group (barbers promoted follow-up with PCPs and lifestyle modification).

The researchers found that during 12 months of follow-up, mean systolic BP dropped by 28.6 mm Hg in the intervention group and by 7.2 mm Hg in the control group. In the intervention group, 68% of men achieved a BP <130/80 vs 11% of the control group. Twelve-month efficacy data are statistically indistinguishable from 6-month pilot data. There were no treatment-related serious adverse events in either group, and participant retention was 90% in both groups for the full study duration.

"Broad-scale implementation research is both justified and warranted," the authors write.

One author disclosed financial ties to Recor Medical.

Reference

Victor RG, Blyler CA, Li N, et al. Sustainability of Blood Pressure Reduction in Black Barbershops. Circ. December 17, 2018.

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