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Clinical Trials Update
May 22/29, 2018

Hypertension Management in Barbershops

JAMA. 2018;319(20):2069. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.5866

Having pharmacists manage hypertension at black-owned barbershops led to larger blood pressure reductions among black patrons with uncontrolled hypertension than if barbers simply promoted blood pressure screening and follow-up, according to a recent New England Journal of Medicinestudy.

The study enrolled 319 black men with uncontrolled hypertension (systolic blood pressure [SBP]≥140 mm Hg) from 52 barbershops. Barbershops were cluster randomized to either a pharmacist-led intervention or control group. In the intervention group, barbers encouraged patrons to meet with specially trained pharmacists at the shop, who prescribed a drug-intensification regimen in collaboration with physicians. In the control group, barbers advised patrons to modify their lifestyle and visit their doctors.

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