The impact of a planned health education approach on the control of hypertension in a high risk population

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Abstract

This paper reports on the effectiveness of a planned health education programme on enhancing the control of hypertension in a community demonstrating the highest rates of high blood pressure, cerebrovascular disease, and diseases of the heart in the State of Maryland. Within the community intervention programme, a specific focus was directed at younger black males (ages 18-49) who demonstrated the lowest rates of awareness, treatment, and control for their hypertension, as compared to all other age/race/sex groups. The programme consisted of targeted screenings, outreach, and follow-up; influencing specific health beliefs regarding diagnosis and treatment; and family and community support strategies. Formally trained community health workers provided educational counselling, monitoring, outreach and follow-up services in coordination with a community-wide health provider task force. Results to date indicate that this planned health education approach has been successful in significantly improving the control of hypertension in a high-risk population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-321
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Human Hypertension
Volume4
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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