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Activating Media for Salt Reduction

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03074851
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 9, 2017
Last Update Posted : March 10, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
The George Institute for Global Health, China

Brief Summary:
Mass media plays more and more important role in health education, especially in some chronic diseases which related closely with the behavior and habits. Past experience tells us that with the help of related health education in mass media such as newspaper articles, advertisements and videos on television, peoples can change their behaviors and habits in a short period of time. But when these educational information were stopped, peoples usually return to their original habits. Besides the national policy of the country how to improve the long-term health education in the mass media should be considered.This study hopes to seek an effective method to keep the mass media long-term focus on health education.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Hypertensive Disease Dietary Supplement: low sodium salt Other: informational intervention Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
In this study, reporters just like researchers were in charge of the low-sodium salt intervention. Reporters are responsible for recommended objects and measure their blood pressure personally. By observing personally the change of blood pressure pre and post low-sodium salt intervention, reporters will increase their confidence and come to the conclusion that the low salt diet is an economical way to reduce blood pressure. Those reporters would share their experiment with other people including their colleagues, Hopefully, those reporters that took part in the trial would consciously keep a sustained focus to this topic, thereby retaining a long-time education in mass media.There were two interventions. One is low-sodium salt intervention and the other is informational intervention. Low-sodium salt intervention was carried out on those family members recommended by reporters, and informational intervention. Low-sodium salt intervention was only on the reporters. The evaluation criteria of low-sodium salt intervention is the blood pressure value, and the evaluation criteria of informational intervention are the numbers of related articles in certain newspaper and the awareness of related knowledges in local population.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 516 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Activating Mass Media for Salt Reduction Program by Using Media Reporters as Research Investigators in a Randomized Controlled Trial
Study Start Date : December 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : February 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : February 2016

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MedlinePlus related topics: Sodium

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Salt Substitute
To seek the relationship between blood pressure and low sodium salt.
Dietary Supplement: low sodium salt
To give free low sodium salt intervention for 2 months

informational intervention
to give 1 month informational intervention
Other: informational intervention
to give reporter informational intervention.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Number of local media reports on salt and health [ Time Frame: 5 years ]
  2. Mean blood pressure [ Time Frame: 2 months ]
    This outcome is only for the build-in randomised trial on salt substitute and blood pressure among reporters' families

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Awareness of knowledge on salt and health [ Time Frame: 5 years ]
    A questionnaire will be applied to count the number of participants known the pre-specified answers to the questions raised on salt and health

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Come from local only Daily company;
  • With a national press card;
  • Health Column reporters preferred;
  • Without leaving plan in the next 12 months;
  • With easy access to at least 4 families, including relatives, friends or neighbour;
  • Volunteered to participate.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • n/a

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03074851

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China, Shanxi
Changzhi medical college
Changzhi, Shanxi, China, 046000
Sponsors and Collaborators
The George Institute for Global Health, China
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Study Director: xiangxian feng, MD Changzhi Medical College
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Responsible Party: The George Institute for Global Health, China Identifier: NCT03074851    
Other Study ID Numbers: CoESeedGrant_04
CoESeedGrant_MediaReportor ( Other Grant/Funding Number: united health group )
First Posted: March 9, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 10, 2017
Last Verified: February 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Undecided
Keywords provided by The George Institute for Global Health, China:
low sodium salt
blood pressure
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Cardiovascular Diseases