• Effects of an Educational Intervention on Hypertension and Cardiovascular Health Awareness Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults

      Lee, Jeannie; Nguyen, Stephanie; Yano, Breanna; Lee, Jeannie; College of Pharmacy, The University of Arizona (The University of Arizona., 2015)
      Objectives: The specific aim of the study was to examine the effects of a 30-minute educational intervention, developed and delivered by student pharmacists, on knowledge of hypertension and its management among community-dwelling older adults and their caregivers. The study also aimed to examine the helpfulness of the program and readiness of the participants to adopt healthier lifestyle practices afterward. Methods: This was a pre- and post-interventional study. At senior centers around the Phoenix metropolitan area, community-dwelling older adults (ages 60 or older) and family members or caregivers (ages 18 or older) were recruited to participate. Participants completed knowledge-based questionnaires prior to and after the educational program. The mean number of correct responses was calculated for pre- and post-program questionnaires, then compared using paired t-test. Results: A total of 77 individuals participated in the program with mean age of 72 and 67% female. The mean number of correct responses calculated for survey before the educational program was 3.03 and 5.46 for survey after the program, which was significantly different (p <0.01). 85% of participants reported the program to be helpful, and 84% participants were willing to adopt healthier lifestyle after attending the program. Conclusions: An intervention tailored to community-dwelling older adults, developed and delivered by student pharmacists, was found to improve awareness of hypertension and generated willingness to adopt healthier lifestyle among the participants.