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|Active and Healthy Brotherhood: a program for chronic disease self-management for black men|
|Investigator (PI):||Whitt-Glover, Melicia|
|Performing Organization (PO):||
(Current): Gramercy Research Group / (336) 293-8540
|Supporting Agency (SA):||Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)|
|Record Source/Award ID:||PCORI/AD-1403-11098|
|Funding:||Total Award Amount: $2,115,318|
|Award Information:||PCORI: More information and project results (when completed)|
|Abstract:||African American men are more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease compared to other groups in the U.S., which increases the risk for early death, stroke, heart disease, and other sickness, and poor life quality. African American males are also less likely to go to the doctor to get medical care and are less likely to have lifestyles that can improve their health. Our team met with African American males to understand how to help them improve their health. Patients said not knowing how to manage stress or the basic facts about chronic disease made it difficult to control. Patients also said they had trouble eating healthy and exercising regularly, particularly when trying to stick within a budget. This study will test ways to improve health behaviors using an intervention that has been specially designed for African American men. The program, called Active & Healthy Brotherhood (AHB), will teach men basic health information, plus put them in groups to learn about healthy eating, physical activity, stress management, and how to get medical care when it is needed. There will be about 16 AHB sessions and men will participate for about 4 months. Patients in the AHB group sessions will receive 3 phone calls, about every other week, when the groups are over to check on their progress. We will compare the AHB intervention with a control group that will teach patients basic health information using videos and brochures. All information for patients will be provided by health educators. After intervening for 6 months patients will practice behaviors on their own for another 6 months. Patients will be 400 black men, age 30-64 years, who have high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease. We will also recruit men who say they are not eating a healthy diet or exercising because those men are at high risk for getting disease. We will recruit patients from around the community. Patients will be randomly chosen to participate in either the intervention or the control group for 6 months. We will collect data from patients at the beginning of the study, after 6 months when the intervention is over, and again at 12 months. We will measure how well each strategy works to improve health behaviors and lower risk factors, like blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight. We will also measure factors about patients, like age and income, to see if those factors impact how the strategies work. This project is led by researchers, health service providers, and patients, who all helped with the grant proposal. Everyone on the research team will help finalize the strategies, recruit patients, and interpret the study data. If any of the strategies work, the team will help identify ways to spread the interventions to other places where people might get medical advice (for example, churches). Data from this project will be used to understand the best ways to help people manage their own health.|
|Record History:||('2017: Project extended to 2019.',)|