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March 9, 2010-The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has been awarded a $9.7 million federal grant to study ways to improve cardiovascular outcomes among African-American patients and to understand and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in blood pressure management in Baltimore.
“This brings together a lot of people with a lot of different expertise to try to solve this problem together,” said Lisa A. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the grant’s principle investigator.
Cooper and her team want to better understand the reasons why the disparities exist — be they patient behavior, provider attitudes or systemic issues — in order to develop better methods to overcome the gap.
The research done through the grant will include a study of the effectiveness of hypertension self-management for patients and their families; a comparison of culturally tailored nutritional advice versus providing patients with a supplement containing potassium, magnesium and vitamin C for lowering blood pressure; and a look at how to best implement programs believed to improve management of high blood pressure in community-based physicians’ practices. The researchers will work in partnership with community residents, organizations and institutions in the conceptualization and conduct of the research, the interpretation and presentation of its findings, and in planning for long-term sustainability of these programs, if they are shown to be successful.
Media Contact: Stephanie Desmon