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The choice of home blood pressure result reporting method is essential: Results mailed to physicians did not improve hypertension control compared with ordinary office-based blood pressure treatment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20367560     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Effective antihypertensive care is not possible without regular and reliable blood pressure measurements. The use of blood pressure home measurement has increased a lot during the last years. Various methods have been used in communication between the patients and physicians. In a randomized study we compared traditional office-based hypertension treatment protocol (n=68) to the home-based blood pressure measurement protocol (n=89) in which the patient mailed their home-measured BP diary in a letter to the office of their physician. The studied home-based antihypertensive care system was not more effective than the ordinary office-based treatment. The results highlight the importance of continuous home measurement data interpretation by the physician. The system based on mailing the results to the physician office does not seem to be a suitable method in communication between the patient and the physician. Online or other telemedicine-aided means of communication might yield better antihypertensive control.
Juha Varis; Ilkka Kantola
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Blood pressure     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1651-1999     ISO Abbreviation:  Blood Press.     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-22     Completed Date:  2011-01-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9301454     Medline TA:  Blood Press     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  319-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Turku University Hospital, Kiinanmyllynkatu, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Antihypertensive Agents / therapeutic use
Blood Pressure Determination / methods*
Home Care Services / standards*
Hypertension / prevention & control*
Physician-Patient Relations
Physicians' Offices / standards*
Postal Service
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antihypertensive Agents

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