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Blood Pressure Success Zone: You Auto Know. A worksite-based program to improve blood pressure control among auto workers.

Authors
  • Jackson, James
  • Kohn-Parrott, Kate A
  • Parker, Cyndy
  • Levins, Neil
  • Dyer, Susan
  • Hedalen, Erika J
  • Frank, Elaine
  • Bramer, Susan
  • Brandt, Debra
  • Doyle, Joseph J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Population health management
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2011
Volume
14
Issue
5
Pages
257–263
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1089/pop.2010.0060
PMID: 21988347
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Worksite-based wellness programs can be a means to improve employee health awareness and potentially reduce health care costs. The "BP Success Zone: You Auto Know" program was a worksite-based intervention to reduce the incidence of hypertension among auto workers at Chrysler LLC. This 6-month program comprised an intervention consisting of education, awareness, and support intended to intensify the engagement of Chrysler employees at moderate-to-high cardiovascular risk who were not adequately controlling their blood pressure. The 539 participants had systolic blood pressure of ≥ 120 mmHg, diastolic blood pressure of ≥ 80 mmHg, or were told by a health care provider that they had hypertension. Questionnaires compared awareness and knowledge of hypertension and lifestyle choices before and at the end of the intervention. After the 6-month intervention, mean systolic blood pressure had decreased from a baseline value of 133 mmHg to 129 mmHg (P  <  0.0001) and mean blood diastolic pressure had decreased from 85 mmHg to 82 mmHg (P  <  0.0001). The proportion of participants with controlled blood pressure increased from 52% to 62% (P <  0.0001) over the course of the intervention. Eighty-six percent of the participants reported that the program helped them to better understand and control their blood pressure and 84% reported that they had a better understanding of their treatment options. In conclusion, a program of hypertension awareness, education, and lifestyle modification helped to improve blood pressure control among a group of Chrysler LLC employees.

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