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Technology-based Intervention and Positive Psychological Training for Blood Pressure Control in African Americans (TechSupport)


Hypertension affects approximately 116 million adults in the United States, and only 1 out of 4 adults have their hypertension under control. Uncontrolled blood pressure rates are persistently high among African Americans with hypertension. Although self-management is critical to controlling high blood pressure (BP), little is known about the brain-behavior connections underlying the processing of health information and the performance of self-management activities. The purpose of this pilot study is to evaluate the effects of a theoretically derived technology-based intervention and its associated neurological mechanisms for hypertension self-management in African Americans.

Team Members

Principal Investigator

Carolyn Harmon Still, PhD, RN, MSM, AGPCNP-BC, CCRP, FAAN


Shirley Moore, Abdus Sattar

Team Members

Phuong Dang, Tonya Merchant, Catherine Sustersic


Still, C. H., Margevicius, S., Harwell, C., Huang, M. C., Martin, L., Dang, P. B., & Wright Jnr, J. T. (2020). A Community and Technology-Based Approach for Hypertension Self- Management (COACHMAN) to improve blood pressure control in African Americans: Results from a pilot study. Patient Preference and Adherence14, 2301–2313.

Still, C. H., Sattar, A., Wright, J. T., Ruksakulpiwat, S., Moore, S. (In press). A pilot study evaluating the effects of a technology-based intervention and positive psychological training on African Americans with hypertension. The Journal of Primary Care and Community Health.

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