Religion and Hypertension

by Sheela Philomena on  July 11, 2011 at 12:31 PM Hypertension News
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For blacks who reside in the United States high blood pressure (hypertension) is a major public health problem. A new research was conducted to test the effectiveness of church-based method to keep blood pressure under control. For blacks who reside in the United States high blood pressure (hypertension) is a major public health problem. A new research was conducted to test the effectiveness of church-based method to keep blood pressure under control.
 Religion and Hypertension
Religion and Hypertension

Lisa Lewis, PhD, RN, assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, explores behavioral research with a particular focus on investigating factors that motivate and sustain health behavior changes in minority populations.

The purpose of the randomized controlled trial is to test the effectiveness of a church-based intervention compared with standard patient education in increasing antihypertensive medication use in black church members diagnosed with hypertension, she said.

"A growing body of literature shows that interventions developed and implemented from a strength-based approach may be more effective in producing health behavior change.

The proposed church-based intervention capitalizes on the strengths within the black community."

Source: ANI

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