Navigation Links
Education Program Spurs Blacks to Take Blood Pressure Meds
Date:11/12/2008

Studies had found blacks twice as likely to skip medicines, compared to whites

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- A patient education program that included encouragement and occasional gifts improved medication adherence -- taking medicines consistently and correctly -- among black Americans with high blood pressure, a new study found.

"African-Americans have been shown in some studies to be nearly twice as likely to not take their medicines when compared to Caucasians," study lead author Dr. Olugbenga Ogedegbe, an associate professor of medicine at New York University School of Medicine, said in an American Heart Association news release.

The study included 252 black patients whose medication adherence was measured with electronic monitors installed on the caps of blood pressure pill bottles.

Those who received standard high blood pressure information, bi-monthly phone calls reminding them of positive life experiences, and six unexpected gifts by mail (including an umbrella and duffle bag) took their medication 43 percent of the time over 12 months. Patients who just received a workbook on hypertension (high blood pressure) with no additional intervention took their medication 36 percent of the time.

The findings were to be presented Nov. 11 at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2008, in New Orleans.

"This is good news. We have a very cheap intervention that helps patients improve adherence," Ogedegbe said. "The key question here is, 'How do we integrate this into daily practice?' "

"The whole idea is to reduce the amount of negativity patients have in terms of their health. If you are depressed, you are much less likely to take your medicine," Ogedegbe explained. "This study attacked it from two ways by reducing the rate of depressed feelings and helping patients affirm their own positive feelings. When people receive unexpected good news or gifts, it tends to induce positive feelings, and it is shown to carry over into other areas of life."

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about high blood pressure.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, Nov. 11, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Lutheran Senior Services Partners with Silverchair Learning Systems to Enhance Employee Training and Education
2. National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), the Largest Insurance Subrogation Association in the World - Announced Today that Leslie Wiernik has Joined the Organization as Director of Education
3. ADDAS Awareness Campaign Offers Resources and Education to Adults Living with AD/HD and Professionals Working With Them
4. CIGNA Group Insurance Shows Consumers Theres More to Life Through a New Consumer Education Toolkit
5. One of the Largest Post-WHI Physician Surveys Shows More Education is Needed: Patient Misinformation About Hormone Therapy Remains High
6. National Association for Sport and Physical Education Partners with S&S Worldwide to Help Improve Childrens Fitness
7. Education Key Focus of Michigan Policy Summit
8. LifeQuest World Corporation Proud Contributor to Dietary Supplement Education Alliance (DSEA)
9. Study links education to risk of cancer death
10. Education Linked to Cancer Death Rates
11. DaVita Teammates Bicycling 230 Miles for Kidney Disease Education
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/7/2016)... Orion, Clarkston, Metamora, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... February 07, 2016 , ... ... Friday in recognition of National Wear Red Day. National Wear Red Day is ... and stroke in women. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among ...
(Date:2/6/2016)... ... February 06, 2016 , ... ... ADVISORY: 5000 PERIOPERATIVE NURSES EXPECTED AT AORN SURGICAL CONFERENCE & EXPO , ... the world with an estimated 5000 perioperative nurses in attendance to study ...
(Date:2/6/2016)... ... February 06, 2016 , ... Shark Finds and Kevin ... of a new DRTV campaign with Belly Bands. , Having a dog is great—except ... to puppy pads and find nothing works, get Belly Bands, the easiest way ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 05, 2016 , ... Love is in the air at King Kullen! The ... and packaging. This staple for Valentine’s Day is a must-have, and can be picked ... Day, not only are long-stem roses available, but also other flower bouquets, elegantly wrapped ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... setting the stage for new clinical and scientific initiatives have all marked the ... she was appointed President and CEO of the nation’s oldest cancer center, Candace ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/4/2016)... , Feb. 4, 2016 In response to the ... FDA,s Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco, along with ... reassess the agency,s approach to opioid medications. The plan will ... providing patients in pain access to effective relief. ... , Re-examine the risk-benefit paradigm for opioids and ...
(Date:2/4/2016)...  Blueprint Medicines Corporation (NASDAQ: BPMC ), ... investigational kinase medicines for patients with genomically defined ... of directors of Lonnel Coats , a ... industry-related experience. Jeffrey Albers , ... strategic experience developing and commercializing numerous oncology products ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... SIOUX FALLS, S.D. , Feb. 4, 2016 ... patient and guest technology solutions, today announced that ... SONIFI Health Senior Living Engagement System. The system ... information tool that residents access through a tablet ... --> The resident engagement system provides access ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: