Culturally Appropriate Storytelling to Improve Blood Pressure

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Research
Houston, et al.

This study used interactive storytelling as an intervention to improve blood-pressure among African Americans. All of the participants had hypertension and were studied for six months. The intervention group received DVDs containing patient stories while the other group received an attention-control DVD covering non-hypertension health topics. The storytelling intervention generated abundant improvements in blood pressure for baseline uncontrolled hypertension. This research suggests that storytelling can be an intervention used to deliver health-promotion information and can potentially be used for other diseases in vulnerable populations.