Blood pressure control achieved using workplace-based programs

Blood pressure control achieved using workplace-based programs

In a new study out of China, a wellness program based at the workplace was seen to improve blood pressure control among the participants. The study titled, “Effect of a Workplace-Based Multi-Component Intervention on Hypertension Control A Randomized Clinical Trial,” in the latest issue of the journal JAMA Cardiology . The study was led by Dr. Zengwu Wang, of the Peking Union Medical College & Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing, and Dr. Chun Chang of Peking University in Beijing. What was the study about? The researchers speculated that specific workplace-based interventions could benefit those with high blood pressure. They added that there had been very few studies that actually looked at the effectiveness of these workplace-based interventions on blood pressure control, and thus they undertook this study on the Chinese working population. The interventions they tried were multi-component, they wrote. What was done? This was a randomized clinical trial that spanned over 60 different workplaces across China. The workplaces were all located in 20 different urban areas explained the researchers. The study lasted between January 2013 and December 2014. The participants were divided into two groups. The first group was the intervention group with 3178 participants, and the second group was the control group with 988 participants. A cross-sectional survey was conducted on the participants after the intervention. For each of the participants, there were two-year-long interventions. These had two distinct components. The first was a workplace-based wellness program that helped improve the cardiovascular health of the employees, and the second intervention was hypertension management protocol according to the guidelines. The latter was based out of a community health center. Over the 24 month study period, blood pressure was routinely monitored for the patients. The primary outcome studied was the blood pressure control among the employees at the workplace after intervention or medication control of blood pressure. Lifestyle factors were also taken into account in the results. For this study, a total of 4,166 patients were recruited. Of these, 3,178 belonged to the intervention group, and 988 belonged to the control group. The average age of the participants was 46.3 years, and of these participants, 3,451 were men (82.8 percent) and the rest women. At baseline, all the participants were on medications for blood pressure control, and adequate control was seen in 19.5 percent among the intervention group and 20.1 percent among the control group. What was workplace intervention?



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