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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently reviewed the effectiveness of home blood pressure monitoring in treating hypertension patients. Evidence from 49 studies indicated that home blood pressure monitoring, plus follow-up care is more effective than usual care.

The AHRQ analysis determined that effective follow-up interventions had the following characteristics in common:

  • Delivered by trained health care providers
  • Included regular communication of home blood pressure readings to providers
  • Provided tailored provider feedback based on a patient's reported information
  • Involved real time adjustment of medication

The health care team should have clearly defined roles outlining who is responsible for training patients, as well as standard protocol for patient education and training. This section includes resources for developing a home blood pressure monitoring program in your clinic.

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