School of Nursing


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Dorothy Murphy


African Americans, Hypertension, Lifestyle


Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing


Abstract The historical treatment of African Americans with events such as the Tuskegee experiment and Jim Crow laws combined with distrust of the healthcare system may be affecting health outcomes in African Americans with hypertension. Cultural appropriate education by a provider of the same race is a method that can be utilized to bridge the trust gap between African Americans and providers and assist African Americans in managing their hypertension. A community based culturally appropriate educational intervention by a provider of the same race was implemented over the course of eight weeks to assist African Americans with hypertension to improve their lifestyle behaviors and lower their blood pressure. Twenty African American participants were recruited from a church and within the community to participate. Blood pressures were obtained from participants and they completed the High Blood Pressure Self-care profile (HBP SCP) Behavior Scale pre intervention and post intervention at week nine. Participants were given the culturally appropriate education and a brochure at the start of the project and received a phone call every other week to provide verbal persuasion, motivate, and answer questions. Results showed that participants had a statistically significant decrease in systolic blood pressure t (19) = 2.68, p=<0.015 and a statistically significant increase in HBP SCP Behavior Scale scores t (19) = -4.32, p= 0.0004.

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