Friday, July 10, 2009

Intervention Enhances Compliance with Hypertension Medication and Lifestyle Changes

The following study targeted physician awareness, and evaluated pre- and post-intervention compliance in 697 hypertensive patients who also had other vascular risk factors. The interventions included 7 physician training meetings, print materials for participants, and the 1-page evaluation forms. Significant increases were found in the number of patients who achieved target blood pressure levels (p<0.0001). Non-diabetic patients also achieved significant reduction in vascular risk (down 41%) (p<0.0001). The study is the first to show significant improvements across multiple intervention targets for hypertensive out patients.