African American Community Health Project on Cardiovascular Disease

Overview

The investigators seek to demonstrate that interactive physician-led education through partnership with an African American church will improve awareness and knowledge of cardiovascular disease in the African American community and will result in objective improvement in major risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Full Title of Study: “African American Community Health Project on Cardiovascular Disease (AACP-CVD)”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Study Design
    • Allocation: Non-Randomized
    • Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
    • Primary Purpose: Prevention
    • Masking: None (Open Label)
  • Study Primary Completion Date: December 2010

Detailed Description

Cardiovascular disease causes significant morbidity and mortality in the African American community. Among African Americans adults almost 1/3 have hypertension, 1/10 have heart disease, 1/20 have coronary heart disease, and 1/30 have had a stroke. Compared to their Caucasian American counterparts, African Americans are 3 times more times as likely to die from cardiovascular diseases than Caucasians, 1.5 times more likely to die from heart failure, and 1.8 times more likely to die from stroke. In addition, both lower socioeconomic position and minority race/ethnicity are associated with poorer health and shortened survival. These alarming statistics highlight the health disparities in the African American community. In our study, the investigators propose that interactive physician-led education through partnership with an African American church will improve awareness and knowledge of CVD in the African American community and will result in objective improvement in major risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.

Interventions

  • Behavioral: lecture
    • 6 lectures on cardiovascular disease covering obesity, diet & exercise, smoking cessation, coronary artery disease, hypertension, heart failure, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, and stroke.

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Experimental: Cardiovascular Disease Education
    • 6 lectures on cardiovascular disease were given over a 2 month time period

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Blood pressure
    • Time Frame: 2 months
    • Change after educational series
  • Weight
    • Time Frame: 2 months
    • Change after educational series
  • Body mass index
    • Time Frame: 2 months
    • Change after educational series
  • Waist Circumference
    • Time Frame: 2 months
    • Change after educational series
  • Multiple choice test on cardiovascular disease
    • Time Frame: 2 months
    • The multiple choice test is a 25-question test on general cardiovascular disease knowledge. It covers diet, exercise, smoking, obesity, coronary artery disease, heart failure, diabetes, stroke, and peripheral artery disease. This test is given at the start of the study and after the educational intervention. The overall test scores are compared by percentage correct. The individual questions are examined for group knowledge level on a particular topic. For example, the % correct of the group on a question about diabetes would reflect knowledge of diabetes.

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • African American adults > 18 years old

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Northwestern University
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, FACC, FAHA, Northwestern University Department of Preventive Medicine & Cardiology
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Donald M Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, Principal Investigator, Northwestern University
    • William J Mosley II, MD, Study Director, Northwestern University

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