Religion, spirituality may help to keep BP under control

Washington: Hypertension is a major public health problem for blacks who live in the United States and the rate of medication adherence is unacceptably low in blacks as compared to whites, according to an expert.

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.

ANI

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