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DVDs About Blood Pressure

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs Identifier:
First received: January 11, 2011
Last updated: October 21, 2014
Last verified: October 2014

January 11, 2011
October 21, 2014
January 2013
May 2015   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
control of blood pressure [ Time Frame: 6 months after intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Bp measurement at 6-month follow-up
control of blood pressure [ Time Frame: 6 months after intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT01276197 on Archive Site
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DVDs About Blood Pressure
Using Stories to Address Disparities in Hypertension

The purpose of this study is to determine if patients with high blood pressure are better able to control their blood pressure after watching a DVD about blood pressure.

This project consists of two phases: (1) Collecting of stories and creating a stories DVD; and (2) delivering the DVD in a randomized control trial (RCT). Both phases are described below.

We will make two DVDs of African-American veterans who will tell their success stories with controlling hypertension (HTN). We want to help African-American veterans control their hypertension by showing them stories that are interesting and that they can identify with, as well as giving them information about ways they can manage hypertension in their everyday lives. This is important because a disproportionate number of minority patients, including veterans, have poorly controlled blood pressure. By showing them stories, rather than using more traditional methods of health education, we hope to overcome some typical barriers to HTN control among the African-American population, including: lower levels of health literacy and numeracy, less trust in the medical system, and different (non-medical) models to explain their illness.

The veteran storytellers will come from three VA sites (Charleston, Chicago, and Philadelphia) and their stories will be chosen based on (1) the proven effectiveness of the strategies they suggest for controlling BP and (2) how authentic they are, or how much they will "ring true" with the experiences of other veterans, including their struggles and lessons learned.

After the DVD is complete, we will conduct a randomized control trial to evaluate how effective it is in helping vets control their hypertension: 780 African-American vets with uncontrolled hypertension, from the same three VA sites, will participate. Half of them will watch the "Stories" DVD we created; and the other half will watch a control, a DVD with the same medical information but without the narrative component. We will measure their blood pressure (BP) just before they watch the DVD and again six months later. We hypothesize that, six months after enrollment, the veterans who watched the "Stories" DVD will have greater reduction in BP, as compared with those who watch the control. We will also test the "Stories" DVD's impact on medication adherence and HTN management behaviors.

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Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
  • Other: Story-Telling DVD
    DVD will contain both informational and story-telling components.
  • Other: Non-Storytelling DVD
    DVD will contain only informational component.
  • Experimental: Arm 1
    Participant will receive a DVD with informational and story-telling components
    Intervention: Other: Story-Telling DVD
  • Active Comparator: Arm 2
    Participant will receive an informational DVD
    Intervention: Other: Non-Storytelling DVD

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Active, not recruiting
July 2015
May 2015   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • African-American
  • Diagnosis of HTN
  • Uncontrolled BP as defined by BP >140/90 twice in the preceding 12 months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • active substance abuse
  • severe mental illness
  • cognitive disabilities that might prevent them from actively or reliably participating in the interviews
19 Years and older
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
IIR 10-132
Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Veterans Affairs
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Principal Investigator: Thomas K Houston, MD MPH Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford
Department of Veterans Affairs
October 2014

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