Title

Blood Pressure Screenings at a Farmers' Market: A Pilot Study

Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

6-19-2012

Comments

Capstone Chair: Rickie Brawer, PhD, MPH, Jefferson Department of Family and Community Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Abstract

The aim of this study is to assess a hospital farmers market located at an urban academic medical center as a community-based venue for blood pressure screening, health education, and disease management. Blood pressure screenings were held monthly at the Jefferson Farmers’ Market in 2011. Participants had two recorded elevated pressures (>121/80 without history of hypertension or >140/90 with known history of hypertension). Participants in the study were asked to complete a behavioral survey and a personal action plan. The screener/researcher contacted each participant via phone or e-mail two weeks after the screening to determine their success with their action plan, compliance with recommendations/referrals, and to remind them about attending the next blood pressure screening. There were a total of 20 participants in the study. 35% of participants were community residents, 55% of participants were employees and 10% of participants were patients. 2 visits were the average number of visits to the blood pressure screening. 65% of participants followed-up: 70% of the possible follow up visits were attended, 92% that followed-up reported following their action plan. 8 participants had improvement in their blood pressure, 7 had improvement in both systolic and diastolic. The overall mean blood pressure improved from hypertension (140/90) to pre-hypertension (134/87). There was not a significant correlation between blood pressure improvement and the number of return visits. The study showed that farmers’ markets on an urban hospital campus are a viable venue for health education and disease prevention, more study needs to be done to show the viability of hospital-based farmers’ market as a venue for disease management.

Presentation: 21 minutes