Real-World Implications of Changing Blood Pressure Targets in Urban Primary Care
The impact of the new ACC/AHA hypertension guideline1 in primary care is uncertain. We describe implications of the guideline for: (1) patients with diagnosed hypertension in a diverse regional health improvement collaborative (RHIC) and (2) patients without diagnosed hypertension at one safety-net health system within the RHIC.
We used data from Better Health Partnership (BHP), a Northeast Ohio RHIC that includes 80 primary care clinics across nine health systems.2 BHP member clinics use electronic health record data to report blood pressure (BP) results twice yearly for patients with hypertension using the last BP in the reporting period. In the full sample of hypertensive patients, BHP measures blood pressure control in two ways: (1) BP < 140/90 mmHg for most, and BP < 150/90 for those over age 60 without diabetes (based on Joint National Committee (JNC) 8 guidelines)3 and (2) BP < 140/90 mmHg for all patients (based on JNC 7).4In the second sample of patients...
KEY WORDShypertension primary care quality of care
No external funding supported the current work for this manuscript. Dr. Bolen, Dr. Einstadter, and Mr. Lever’s time is supported by a CDC funded REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) grant and by grants from the Ohio Department of Medicaid to work on improving the cardiovascular health of Medicaid enrollees. Drs. Love and Cebul are also supported on related grants from the Ohio Department of Medicaid. Dr. Love and Mr. Husak time is supported by Better Health Partnership—a nonprofit regional health improvement collaborative.
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