A great research program created out of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in which pharmacists went out to 52 locally owned African American barbershops in the Los Angeles are to take clients blood pressures, and if needed prescribe blood pressure medication. The enrolled 319 participants between the ages of 35-79 and within 6 months 63 percent of the clients who worked with the pharmacists had healthy blood pressure levels. Researchers say the study was the first to show clear-cut evidence that a medical intervention by a pharmacist in collaboration with a barber can make a key difference in the health of the barber’s regular patrons. “This study represents a new model for managing blood pressure in black men,” says Ronald G. Victor, M.D., associate director of the Smidt Heart Institute of Cedars-Sinai and the study’s lead author. “If implemented widely, it could go a long way toward reducing health disparities and preventing needless death and disability caused by high blood pressure.”
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