The Trial Using Motivational Interviewing and Positive Affect and Self-Affirmation in African-Americans with Hypertension (TRIUMPH): From theory to clinical trial implementation

Carla Boutin-Foster, Ebony Scott, Anna Rodriguez, Rosio Ramos, Balavenkatesh Kanna, Walid Michelen, Mary Charlson, Gbenga Ogedegbe

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Abstract

This paper describes the application of a translational research model in developing The Trial Using Motivational Interviewing and Positive Affect and Self-Affirmation in African-Americans with Hypertension (TRIUMPH), a theoretically-based, randomized controlled trial. TRIUMPH targets blood pressure control among African-Americans with hypertension in a community health center and public hospital setting. TRIUMPH applies positive affect, self-affirmation, and motivational interviewing as strategies to increase medication adherence and blood pressure control. A total of 220 participants were recruited in TRIUMPH and are currently being followed. This paper provides a detailed description of the theoretical framework and study design of TRIUMPH and concludes with a critical reflection of the lessons learned in the process of implementing a health behavior intervention in a community-based setting. TRIUMPH provides a model for incorporating the translational science research paradigm to conducting pragmatic behavioral trials in a real-world setting in a vulnerable population. Lessons learned through interactions with our community partners reinforce the value of community engagement in research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-14
Number of pages7
JournalContemporary Clinical Trials
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2013

Keywords

  • Behavioral science research health disparities research
  • Clinical trial design
  • Clinical trial implementation
  • Community engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)

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