Background: Uncontrolled blood pressure (BP) is a major cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factor, and CVD is the leading cause of death among non-Hispanic Black persons with type 2 diabetes (T2D) . While many interventions have been designed to improve BP control in this population, disparities persist. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of T2D interventions at improving BP.

Methods: An electronic search of Medline, PubMed, Scopus, CINAHL, and PsychINFO was conducted from 1985 to 2019. Keywords included those related to diabetes, study design and race/ethnicity. We included non-pharmacologic trials with ≥12.5% Black persons (using the 2020 US Census as a standard) . Interventions were aimed at improving outcomes including HbA1c, BP, weight and lipids. For this analysis, we focused on the outcomes mean systolic (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) differences between control and experimental groups. A random effects meta-analysis was performed to calculate the pooled effect size to provide summary estimates.

Results: Sixteen trials (n=2314) reported SBP and DBP outcomes; two additional trials (total n=2919) reported only SBP outcomes. The participants were 59% Black and 71% female with a mean age of 55.9 years. Average baseline BP was similar for the control and intervention groups (134/78 and 134/77, respectively) . Interventions included self-management education, telehealth support, lifestyle programs, and pharmacist-led support. Compared to control, these interventions demonstrated no difference in SBP (0.01, 95% CI 0.mmHg, p=0.55, I2=0%) or DBP (-0.05, 95% CI -0.15 to 0.mmHg, p=0.20, I2=22%) .

Conclusion: In this meta-analysis of trials aimed to improve outcomes in Black patients with T2D, there was no improvement in BP control. Given the high risk of CVD in this population, more effective interventions are needed to improve BP control in Black persons with T2D.


C.Jiang: None. F.Osman: None. A.Deckard: None. W.Wan: n/a. J.Alexander: None. R.Shetty: None. E.M.Staab: None. N.Laiteerapong: None.

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