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CHWs as Allies in Hypertension Self-Management and Medication Adherence in the United States, 2014

Prev Chronic Dis. 2016 Dec 29;13:E179. [Pubmed Abstract]

Allen CG, Brownstein JN, Satsangi A, Escoffery C

Introduction
Rates of hypertension control remain low among underserved populations in the United States; moreover, disparities in hypertension-related cardiovascular disease death are increasing. Community health workers (CHWs) can address barriers to hypertension control among underrepresented and diverse populations. We identify unique roles CHWs play in hypertension self-management and medication adherence.

Methods
In 2014, we conducted a mixed methods study with an online survey of 265 CHWs and 23 telephone interviews. The survey and interview guide contained questions about CHWs’ roles in hypertension self-management and hypertension medication adherence. We used descriptive statistics to analyze survey data and used inductive thematic analysis for the qualitative data.

Results
CHWs described working in partnership with patients and various health care…

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