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FSU Hypertension Self-Care Training Study

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified July 2015 by Florida State University.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Florida State University Identifier:
First received: January 16, 2013
Last updated: July 30, 2015
Last verified: July 2015
The purpose of this study is to compare the effectiveness of two forms of self-care training on the overall health of adults with hypertension.

Condition Intervention
Hypertension Behavioral: Self-Care Training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Improving the Willpower-based Self-care for Hypertension

Further study details as provided by Florida State University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Effects of two forms of self-care training on overall health of adults with hypertension [ Time Frame: 20 weeks from beginning of training sessions ]

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: August 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Enhancing willpower using active skills
This group will use active tasks such as learning skills using hands to enhance willpower.
Behavioral: Self-Care Training
Experimental: Enhancing willpower using passive tasks
This group will use passive tasks such as taking still postures to enhance willpower.
Behavioral: Self-Care Training

Detailed Description:

The FSU College of Social Work and the Department of Psychology are seeking adults age 25 and older with a clinical diagnosis of hypertension for a randomized trial using willpower to manage high blood pressure. Voluntary participants will complete three phases: baseline, intervention, and post-treatment. Baseline phase includes a preliminary phone screening, fasting blood draw, physiological test (measuring heart rate variability, chest compression, etc.), and a psychosocial inventory. Intervention phase includes 8 weeks of once weekly trainings (approximately one hour long) to be held on a weekday evening. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of the two willpower groups and will be asked to rehearse the willpower method at least once daily for 30 minutes during these 8 weeks. Post-treatment phase includes two follow-up booster sessions (at week 12 and week 16) for refreshing willpower techniques, a follow-up fasting blood draw, a physiological test, and a psychosocial inventory.

Participation is completely voluntary and confidential. Volunteers completing each of the phases will be compensated $100 for their time. If someone is interested in participating, they should call our office at 850-645-0247 or email


Ages Eligible for Study:   25 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical diagnosis of hypertension
  • Age 25 or older

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnancy
  • Participation in other clinical trials or drug/behavioral treatment
  • Previously participated in any other clinical trials/training on health-related behavior (tai-chi, yoga, nutritional education, yoga class)
  • Kidney disease
  • Cancer/chemotherapy, advanced HIV/AIDS, severe liver disease
  • Severe ischemic heart disease (unstable angina, hospitalization for heart attack, coronary revascularization)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Severe inflammatory/rheumatologic disorders (severe arthritis)
  • Severe mental health diagnosis such as schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder
  • Occurrence of any neurological disorders such as stroke or dementia
  • Addicted to any legal/illegal drugs or alcohol without at least 1 year of sobriety
  • Any infectious conditions such as pneumonia, traumatic wound, or surgery that may cause inflammation in the past 14 days
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01770756

United States, Florida
FSU College of Social Work
Tallahassee, Florida, United States, 32306
Sponsors and Collaborators
Florida State University
Principal Investigator: Amy L Ai, PhD Florida State University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Florida State University Identifier: NCT01770756     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FSU-2012.8601
Study First Received: January 16, 2013
Last Updated: July 30, 2015

Keywords provided by Florida State University:
High blood pressure
Self care

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017