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Barbershop intervention cuts blood pressure in black men


Key clinical point: Pharmacist-led interventions in barbershops significantly improved blood pressure control in African American men.Major finding: After 6 months, mean systolic blood pressure among men who received intervention dropped an average of 27 mm Hg, compared with 9 mm Hg in controls.

Study details: The data come from a cluster randomized trial including 319 black men who visited 52 barbershops.

Disclosures: The study was funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and others.

Source: Victor R et al. ACC 2018.



– Black men who received a pharmacist-led intervention in their local barbershops showed significantly improved blood pressure after 6 months, compared with controls, in a randomized trial of 319 individuals.

“Non-Hispanic black men still have the highest hypertension death rate of any group in the country. Something like 60% of black men have blood pressure of 140/90 or higher,” but they have relatively low rates of physician interaction for blood pressure management, compared with other groups, Ronald G. Victor, MD, of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, said in a video interview at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology.

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“Health outreach to barbershops has been well established in the lay press, but they only scratch the surface in terms of a scientific evaluation, and that’s what we did,” he noted.

The primary outcome was a change in systolic blood pressure at 6 months. The average decrease was 27.0 mm Hg in the intervention group, compared with 9.3 mm Hg in the control group.


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