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Pharmacist interventions at black barbershops effective at reducing BP

KEY POINT

Pharmacist-led interventions in black barbershops resulted in significantly greater blood pressure (BP) reductions in patrons with uncontrolled hypertension (HTN) compared with an intervention that focused on barbers encouraging their patrons to make healthy lifestyle modifications and see their doctors, according to results of a trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

SOURCES

Victor RG, et al. A cluster-randomized trial of blood-pressure reduction in black barbershops. N Engl J Med. 2018;378(14):1291–301.

Margolis KL. Inventing a new model of hypertension care for black men. N Engl J Med. 2018;378(14):1345–7.