Finding ways to control high blood pressure
We have been a part of several landmark multicenter trials funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). These trials examined blood pressure and heart outcomes. They include ALLHAT (Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial), the Women’s Health Initiative, and ACCORD (Action to Control Cardiovascular Risks in Diabetes).
We have also received funding for investigator-initiated projects studying blood pressure outcomes. Those studies include methods to improve hypertension through home blood pressure telemonitoring and pharmacist care.
An observational study of obesity and hypertension in children led to the TeenBP study. Other hypertension research has examined high blood pressure care improvement through physician educational interventions, clinical decision support and comparison of different drugs to treat hypertension.
Comparing telehealth and clinic-based care for uncontrolled high blood pressure
This study will compare the effects of two evidence-based methods on lowering blood pressure in patients with uncontrolled hypertension. The methods are best-practice clinic-based care and home-based telehealth care. This study is sponsored by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).