Church-Based Lifestyle Intervention Shows Promise for Lowering BP in Hypertensive African-Americans

The study shows that it is possible for laypeople to deliver a lifestyle intervention in churches, with at least a modest impact on BP.

Performing a lifestyle intervention aimed at lowering blood pressure in adults with hypertension at churches with predominantly black memberships appears to have at least some benefit, the cluster-randomized FAITH study shows.

An intervention combining 11 weekly group sessions on lifestyle changes with three monthly “motivational interviewing” sessions delivered by laypeople led to a 5.8-mm Hg greater drop in systolic BP at 6 months compared with a single session on hypertension management followed by a series of presentations on other health topics, according to lead author Antoinette Schoenthaler, EdD (New York University School of Medicine, New…

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