Barbershop Pharmacists: A Good Rx for High Blood Pressure

From - March 12, 2018

Barbershop Pharmacists: A Good Rx for High Blood Pressure

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 -- A trip to the barbershop could hold the key to not only looking good, but also feeling good.

A new study finds that having pharmacists deliver blood pressure care in neighborhood barbershops resulted in lower blood pressure readings for many black men.

The study included 319 black men with high blood pressure who frequented 52 barbershops in the Los Angeles area.

Barbers encouraged some men to meet once a month with specially trained pharmacists in the barbershop. The pharmacists prescribed blood pressure medication, monitored blood tests and sent progress notes to each man's primary care provider.

Other men in the study did not see a barbershop pharmacist. Instead, barbers encouraged them to see their primary care provider for treatment and to make lifestyle changes, such as using less salt and exercising more.

After six months, 64 percent of the men who saw a pharmacist achieved healthy blood pressure, compared with just under 12 percent of those who did not see a pharmacist, the investigators found.

The study was published March 12 in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at an American College of Cardiology meeting in Orlando, Fla.

High blood pressure is a top cause of early disability and death among black American men.

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