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Health and Faith Working to Control Blood Pressure

This study has been completed.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Information provided by:
University of California, Los Angeles Identifier:
First received: September 25, 2007
Last updated: November 7, 2016
Last verified: November 2016
Faith community nursing programs have grown out of churches as a response to the inequity of healthcare delivery to uninsured and underinsured communities. These programs provide outreach to community members and extend their services beyond just the parishioners of the churches, reaching more uninsured people than traditional medical services. Although faith community nursing programs have been established throughout the United States, no evaluation of these programs has been done. QueensCare is taking the lead in measuring the effect of parish nurses on health outcomes. In this project we have one specific aim: to measure the effect of parish nurse visits on blood pressure control on community-dwelling hypertensive patients. Our study will involve recruiting hypertensive patients from parish nurse led health fairs and interviewing subjects at the time of recruitment. Patients will either be randomized to parish nurse visits or primary care physician appointments. We will have a 4-month follow-up period with a re-check of blood pressures and an exit interview of the patient. From this study, we hope to better understand if parish nurse visits improve blood pressure and medication compliance among hypertensive patients.

Condition Intervention
Other: Parish nurse visit

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Health and Faith Working Together to Control Blood Pressure

Further study details as provided by University of California, Los Angeles:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Drop of 12.5 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure [ Time Frame: within 4 months ]

Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: September 2006
Study Completion Date: October 2007
Primary Completion Date: October 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Control
assisted appointment with physician
Other: Parish nurse visit
One visit with the parish nurse in 2 weeks


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • We will be including adults who are 18 years and older who have attended a health fair or screening event at one of QueensCare Health and Faith Partnership parish nurse sponsored church events in Los Angeles.
  • Patients must be either English or Spanish speaking.
  • Patients will be enrolled by blood pressure readings at the screening event. We will be using the JNC 71 criteria for diagnosing hypertension.
  • Patients with blood pressures above 140/90 will be defined as hypertensive.
  • Diagnosed and previously undiagnosed hypertensive patients will be included in the study.
  • The patient must also be able to come to the follow-up appointment in 4 months.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant women will not be included in the study.
  • Patients who do not speak English or Spanish will be excluded from the study since we do not have the capacity to translate all our materials into multiple languages.
  • Those deemed by the research assistant to be incapable to give informed consent (due to intoxication, dementia, or other causes) will also be excluded from the study.
  • Patients younger than 18 years old will be excluded from the study.
  • Patients who have seen a parish nurse in her office hours in the past 6 months will be excluded from the study. We do not want patients who have an already established relationship with a parish nurse to be enrolled in the study with the chance of being randomized to the physician-only arm, which would interrupt the continuity of care the patient is receiving from the parish nurse.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00535444

Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, Los Angeles
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Principal Investigator: Arshiya A Baig, MD/MPH UCLA RWJ CSP
  More Information Identifier: NCT00535444     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: #G06-08-103-02A
Study First Received: September 25, 2007
Last Updated: November 7, 2016

Keywords provided by University of California, Los Angeles:
parish nurse

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases processed this record on April 24, 2017