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The Targeted Management (TEAM) Intervention for Reducing Stroke Risk in African American Men: Rationale and Study Design of a Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial

Authors Still CH, Burant C, Moore S, Einstadter D, Killion C, Modlin C, Sundararajan S, Thornton JD, Wright JT Jr, Sajatovic M

Received 7 November 2020

Accepted for publication 19 January 2021

Published 23 February 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 513—522


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Carolyn H Still,1 Chris Burant,1 Shirley Moore,1 Doug Einstadter,2,3 Cheryl Killion,1 Charles Modlin,4 Sophia Sundararajan,5,6 John D Thornton,3,7 Jackson T Wright Jr,5,6 Martha Sajatovic6,8

1Frances Payne Bolton, School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA; 2Center for Health Care Research and Policy, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA; 3The MetroHealth System, Cleveland, OH, USA; 4Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA; 5Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, USA; 6University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, USA; 7Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA; 8Department of Psychiatry and of Neurology, Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, USA

Correspondence: Carolyn H Still
Frances Payne Bolton, School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH, 44106, USA
Tel: +1 216 368 6338

Background: African American (AA) male survivors of strokes or transient ischemic attacks (TIA) have the highest risk of recurrent stroke when compared to other racial-ethnic men. However, there is a paucity of evidence-based strategies, including organizational, educational, or behavioral interventions, that targets secondary stroke risk reduction in AA men.
Methods: Targeted Management for Reducing Stroke Risk (TEAM) is an ongoing, 6-month prospective, randomized controlled trial that will determine whether a curriculum-guided self-management approach, using peer dyads (men who had a stroke or TIA and their care partners) will improve post-stroke care in AA men.
Results: The study sample will consist of 160 AA men who have experienced a stroke or TIA within 5 years, randomized to TEAM or Wait-list control group. The primary outcome changes in systolic blood pressure (BP) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL), while secondary outcomes include diastolic BP, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, triglycerides, and glycemic control for diabetics. We hypothesize that AA men in TEAM will have significantly lower systolic BP and higher HDL when compared to AA men in the Wait-list control group at 6-month.
Conclusion: Persistent disparities for stroke burden in AA men highlight the need for novel interventions to promote secondary stroke-risk reduction. Building on promising pilot data, TEAM uses a group format, with a nurse and patient co-led intervention focused on AA men and family needs, practice in problem-solving, and attention to emotional and role management. In addition, the TEAM approach may help reduce stroke risk factors and health disparities in AA men. Identifier: NCT04402125.

Keywords: stroke, transient ischemic attack, stroke prevention, African-Americans, health disparities

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