Comparing standard care with a physician and pharmacist team approach for uncontrolled hypertension
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OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of a physician and pharmacist teamwork approach to uncontrolled hypertension in a medical resident teaching clinic, for patients who failed to meet the recommended goals of the fifth Joint National Commission on Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.
HYPOTHESIS: Physician and pharmacist teamwork can improve the rate of meeting national blood pressure goals in patients with previously uncontrolled hypertension.
DESIGN: A single-blinded randomized controlled trial lasting 6 months.
SETTING: A primary care outpatient teaching clinic.
PATIENTS: A sample of 95 adult hypertensive patients who failed to meet national blood pressure goals based on three consecutive visits over a 6-month period.
INTERVENTION: Patients were randomly assigned to a control arm of standard medical care or to an intervention arm in which a physician and pharmacist worked together as a team.
MAIN RESULTS: At study completion, the percentage of patients achieving national goals due to intervention was more than double the percentage in the control arm (55% vs 20%, p < .001). Systolic blood pressure declined 23 mm Hg in the intervention arm versus 11 mm Hg in the control arm (p < .01). Diastolic blood pressure declined 14 and 3 mm Hg in the intervention and control arms, respectively (p < .001). The intervention worked equally as well in men and women and demonstrated noticeable promise in a minority of mixed-ancestry Hawaiians in whom hypertension is of special concern.
CONCLUSIONS: Patients who fail to achieve national blood pressure goals under standard outpatient medical care may benefit from a program that includes a physician and pharmacist teamwork approach.
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- blood pressure
- coronary heart disease
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- ambulatory care
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- 1. the Department of Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu
- 2. The Queen’s Medical Center, Honolulu
- 4. the Division of Biostatistics, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville
- 5. the School of Nursing, University of Hawaii, Honolulu
- 6. Northern Virginia Kaiser Permanente, Springfield, Va.