Constructing and testing a self-help intervention program for high blood pressure control in Korean American seniors - A pilot study

Miyong T. Kim, Hae Ra Han, Hyun Jeong Park, Hwayun Lee, Kim B. Kim

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Although significant progress has been made in the reduction of overall cardiovascular risk factors in the United States during the last decade, controlling high blood pressure (HBP) remains a difficult task for many individuals. In particular, socially disadvantaged groups, such as new immigrants, and ethnic minority groups, such as Korean Americans, continue to struggle with this chronic disease and suffer unnecessary complications. We conducted a quasi-experimental study to test the efficacy of a self-help intervention program for HBP control in first-generation Korean American seniors with HBP. The intervention consisted of 3 concurrently administered components: (1) structured behavioral education on HBP management, (2) home blood pressure (BP) monitoring, and (3) monthly support groups facilitated by a bilingual nurse. Of the 49 Korean American seniors (≥60 years old) who agreed to participate, 31 received the intervention and completed the follow-up interviews at 6 months. Final analysis of BP outcomes using repeated measures and postintervention data suggested that the self-help intervention was effective in significantly improving the proportion of individuals who achieved BP control (

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-84
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of cardiovascular nursing
Volume21
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2006

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Asian Americans
Hypertension
Blood Pressure
Minority Groups
Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
Self-Help Groups
Vulnerable Populations
Ethnic Groups
Chronic Disease
Nurses
Interviews
Education

Keywords

  • Hypertension control
  • Korean American
  • Self-help
  • Seniors

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  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Constructing and testing a self-help intervention program for high blood pressure control in Korean American seniors - A pilot study. / Kim, Miyong T.; Han, Hae Ra; Park, Hyun Jeong; Lee, Hwayun; Kim, Kim B.

In: The Journal of cardiovascular nursing, Vol. 21, No. 2, 03.2006, p. 77-84.

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