A pharmacist-led, American Heart Association Heart360 web-enabled home blood pressure monitoring program

Source: Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes Area: Evidence> Medicines Management> References Background: To determine whether a pharmacist-led, Heart360-enabled, home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM) intervention improves blood pressure (BP) control compared with usual care (UC). Methods: This randomised, controlled trial was conducted by clinical pharmacy specialists at 10 Kaiser Permanente Colorado clinics.  Patients assigned to the HBPM intervention group were provided a properly fitted home BP cuff (Omron HEM-790IT) and were trained on how to use it.  Patients were assisted in establishing an account at the Heart360 website and were shown how to automatically upload BPs stored on their home BP device into their Heart360 account.  Patients in the HBPM group also met with a clinical pharmacy specialist who reviewed their current BP medication regimen, provided counselling on lifestyle changes, and adjusted or changed antihypertensive medications as needed.  Patients were asked to measure their BP at least 3 times per week and to upload ...
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