A Behavioral Intervention To Improve Hypertension Control In Veterans

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: February 1, 2006
Last updated: September 8, 2014
Last verified: September 2014

The purpose of this study is to determine whether a stage-matched intervention (SMI) will lower BP and improve treatment adherence compared to usual care (UC) or a health education intervention (HEI) in veterans with uncontrolled BP. The study will also examine the effect of SMI on patient's health-related quality of life, satisfaction, acceptability and determine its cost-effectiveness.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: SMI
Behavioral: HEI
Behavioral: UC

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Behavioral Intervention to Improve Hypertension Control in Veterans

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Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Blood pressure [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Treatment adherence, quality of life, satisfaction and acceptability. Overall cost-effectiveness of the intervention. [ Time Frame: 6 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 533
Study Start Date: July 2006
Study Completion Date: September 2011
Primary Completion Date: January 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Arm 1
Stage-matched intervention (SMI)
Behavioral: SMI
Stage-matched intervention
Behavioral: HEI
Health Education Intervention
Behavioral: UC
Usual Care
Active Comparator: Arm 2
Health Education Intervention (HEI)
Behavioral: SMI
Stage-matched intervention
Behavioral: HEI
Health Education Intervention
Behavioral: UC
Usual Care
No Intervention: Arm 3
Usual Care (UC)

Detailed Description:

We propose a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effect of telephone-delivered interventions (SMI and HEI) to improve BP control.

Veterans with uncontrolled hypertension (n=533) will be randomized equally to 3 groups: 1) The SMI will use the Transtheoretical model (TTM) as the unifying framework. Veterans will receive TTM stage-matched counseling for exercise, diet, and medications via monthly counseling sessions. A social worker (SW) will assess each participant's behavior and deliver the appropriate tailored SMI based on their stage of change, decisional balance, self-efficacy and the skills model questions. 2) The HEI group receives monthly telephone calls by a SW during which they will receive education about hypertension management. 3) The UC group participates in all the in-person visits but does not receive monthly calls.

There will be an initial 6-month active intervention phase followed by a 6 month monitoring phase to assess sustainability. All participants will visit the VAMC's at baseline and at 3, 6, and 12 months. Outcomes of interest include BP; adherence (to diet, exercise and medications); quality of life; satisfaction; acceptability; cost and cost-effectiveness. Patients will be blinded to which of the intervention arms (SMI or HEI) they are in, SW's will be blinded to patient's BP and staff measuring outcomes will be blinded to study assignment. The study will be analyzed using longitudinal data analysis methods using an intention to treat strategy.


Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients receiving continuity of care in the outpatient clinics will be eligible. This will be operationalized as 2 visits in the previous year.
  • Adults (= 21 years) with hypertension, on antihypertensive medication for = 1 year, and who have current uncontrolled BP will be enrolled.

Patients with CVD:

  • chronic stable angina
  • unstable angina
  • uncomplicated myocardial infarction
  • coronary artery bypass surgery
  • percutaneous coronary angioplasty
  • atherectomy or stent placement
  • chronic stable angina pectoris
  • stable Class I or Class II congestive heart failure
  • stroke
  • peripheral vascular disease

will be entered into the study if the CVD event or diagnosis occurred = 6 months ago.

Exclusion Criteria:

Patients with limited life expectancy (< 1 year) due to severe co-existing non-CVD disease such as:

  • terminal illnesses such as terminal cancer
  • CVD < 6 months ago
  • Class III or IV CHF
  • severe psychiatric illness such as psychosis
  • manic depression
  • alcohol abuse (> 21 drinks/week)
  • serious chronic conditions like AIDS
  • tuberculosis
  • lupus
  • and end-stage renal failure

will be excluded.

  • Other exclusions include inability to understand English
  • Lack of a landline telephone
  • Unable to follow the study protocol
  • Recent major surgery (< 3 months)
  • Patients who are temporarily in the area and plan to move in < 1 year or will not be available for follow-up
  • Those unable to provide informed consent.
  • All patients excluded and reason for exclusion will be recorded.
  • Prior to recruitment, each patient will be informed about the study and informed consent obtained.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00286754

United States, New York
VA New York Harbor Health Care System
New York, New York, United States, 10010
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: Sundar Natarajan, MD MSc VA New York Harbor Health Care System
  More Information

Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00286754     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IIR 04-170
Study First Received: February 1, 2006
Last Updated: September 8, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:
Behavior modification
Randomized controlled trial
Treatment effectiveness

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Vascular Diseases

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on March 25, 2015