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.
Contains tools that a provider can use to educate a patient about blood pressure basics, home blood pressure monitoring, self-management and healthy lifestyle.
A comprehensive guide to facilitate the implementation of self-measured blood pressure monitoring program.
This is a two-page resource for patient with information about blood pressure cuffs and taking blood pressure measurements at home. Space is also provided for the healthcare professional to write in a target BP and frequency of measurement instructions for patients.
This is a guide for patients about measuring blood pressure and how to take an accurate measurement at home. Guidance is also given about purchasing a blood pressure cuff and interpreting measurement results.