AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 3, 2018

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Hispanic Individuals Benefit from Skills-Based Stroke Prevention Intervention

Culturally Tailored Program Significantly Reduces Blood Pressure Among Hispanic Patients

A culturally tailored program used when discharging stroke patients from the hospital helped to lower blood pressure among Hispanic individuals one year later, finds a new study led by researchers at NYU College of Global Public Health. The almost 10 mm Hg reduction in systolic blood pressure measured in this study has been linked to a nearly 40-percent reduction in the risk of having another stroke in previous studies. 

The findings point to a unique approach: teaching patients actionable skills, rather than just knowledge, to help reduce their risk for stroke, and doing so in a culturally appropriate way.

“Our findings show the promise of focusing on skills that people can really use—enhancing communication with their physician, or clarifying their medication regimen—so they feel they can do something to reduce their risk of stroke. By training patients to take ownership of controlling risk factors, this intervention allows the process to be sustainable beyond the health care system,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, professor of epidemiology and senior associate dean of research and program development at NYU College of Global Public Health and the study’s lead author.

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