A research team led by New Mexico State University School of Nursing Assistant Professor John Scarbrough, PhD, RN, PT, CNE, has received a $74,000 grant to study diabetes and hypertension in Hispanic men, according to a news release.
The Mountain West Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network project received the grant, funded by the National Institutes of Health through the Mountain West Research Consortium. Scarbrough will be working with co-investigator Joe Tomaka, PhD, associate dean for research, on the project, Screening and brief intervention for diabetes and hypertension among Hispanic men.
Scarbrough said he was inspired to research this topic after a trip to the hardware store.
I wondered if any of these guys in here had ever been screened for hypertension or diabetes, Scarborough said in the release. Both are huge problems in the area, but these guys are busy at work and I doubt that any of them have been to see a physician in years.
Along the U.S.-Mexico border, substantial differences exist in the occurrence, diagnosis and treatment of diabetes and hypertension in the Hispanic population, particularly in men, according to the release. Screening at-risk individuals is the first step to minimize the possible serious consequences related to the chronic diseases.
Both conditions are highly treatable, Scarbrough said in the release. Anything that could be done to foster early detection and intervention ultimately could result in fewer amputations and hemodialysis patients.
The project will include efforts to incorporate screening in locations such as hardware stores, supply stores and commercial nurseries that are convenient for Hispanic men, ages 18-50. The screenings will increase the identification of and follow-up care for men with diabetes and/or hypertension.
Scarbrough said he believes challenging dysfunctional beliefs and increasing communication with family members are keys to effective health intervention in Hispanic men suffering from diabetes and/or hypertension.