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Hypertension in the Faith Community

A Four-Week, Nurse Led, Diet/Exercise Intervention

Bangurah, Saphie S.; Vardaman, Shellye A.; Cleveland, Kelli K.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000420
Feature: CE Connection: faith community nursing

ABSTRACT: Inadequate blood pressure (BP) control in hypertension carries a major financial and public health burden. This study examined the efficacy of behavioral and lifestyle changes on BP control among African American adults, aged 55 years and older in a faith-based setting. The study was supported by clergy who helped to engage participants in interventions. Nurse-led diet and exercise teaching with BP monitoring led to lower BP readings over a 4-week intervention.

Saphie S. Bangurah, DNP, APRN, is a certified family nurse practitioner and recently completed requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Troy University, Troy, Alabama. She enjoys working with indigent populations.

Shellye A. Vardaman, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, is an associate professor/coordinator for the RN-BSN/MSN program at Troy University. Her practice focuses on medical/surgical and ICU populations. She serves on the Sigma Theta Tau International Governance Committee.

Kelli K. Cleveland, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, is an associate professor teaching in the BSN program at Troy University. She maintains clinical practice as a family nurse practitioner.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 9/29/16.

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