Blood pressure article nominated as most influential paper of 2011

Your votes needed to get to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Final 5

By Kristen O’Reilly

UMass Medical School Communications

December 19, 2011

A paper authored by researchers in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences was nominated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as being one of the 20 most influential research articles of 2011. Now the public will determine which of these top 20 papers will be in the “Final 5,” to be announced in January 2012.

The article, “Culturally Appropriate Storytelling to Improve Blood Pressure,” details a study to develop and test a novel, evidence-based and culturally appropriate intervention to control blood pressure in African-Americans using storytelling DVDs. Read a summary of the article. Authors include Thomas K. Houston, MD, MPH, professor of quantitative health sciences; Jeroan J. Allison, MD, MSc, professor of quantitative health sciences; Sharina D. Person, PhD , associate professor of quantitative health sciences; Catarina I. Kiefe, PhD, MD, professor and chair of quantitative health sciences; John Trobaugh, MFA, Office of Educational Affairs; Yendelela L. Cuffee, MPH, GSBS student; and Bruce Barton PhD, research professor of quantitative health sciences.

The top 20 research article nominees for 2011 were selected based on their solid research performance and popularity as revealed by the number of visits each article collected since their debut on RWJF’s website. The foundation does not determine the top five research articles. The public—subscribers, visitors, followers on Twitter and other social networks—do the honor. 

Voting ends Friday, Dec. 23. To vote, click on the button below, or visit


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