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Translating the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Diet for Use in Underresourced, Urban African American Communities, 2010

One hundred fifty-two people expressed interest in the pilot feasibility study. We excluded 78 people for the following reasons: diabetes (n = 33), travel/vacation scheduled during intervention sessions (n = 17), blood pressure not in range (n = 13), alcoholism or mental health conditions (n = 5), body mass index not in range (n = 6), self-reported heart failure (n = 2), and self-reported kidney failure (n = 2). Of 74 potential participants invited to an information session, 58 attended. During the information session, 6 people indicated they were no longer interested in participation. Fifty-two people consented and 46 underwent additional screening at the Wake Forest University General Clinical Research Center (GCRC). Six people did not attend the GCRC screening visit. On the basis of data collected during the GCRC visit, 15 people were excluded for the following reasons: blood pressure too high (n = 11) or too low (n = 2), diabetes (n = 1), and renal disease (n = 1). Six people were deemed eligible but declined participation. Following the GCRC visit, 25 people met all eligibility criteria and were entered into the study; 14 people were randomized to the intervention group, and 11 were randomized to the control group.

Figure. Recruitment, screening, and participation in Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Feasibility Study, North Carolina, 2010.

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