Self-monitoring sees bigger drops in BP23rd June 2010
A UK trial has indicated that patients with hypertension who monitor their own blood pressure have ‘significant and worthwhile’ reductions in blood pressure compared to patients under usual GP care.
Researchers randomised 527 patients with blood pressures above 140/90 mmHg from 24 practices into two groups. The self-management group used home monitors and followed a management plan drawn up with their GPs to adjust their anti-hypertensive medication. The other group were managed as usual. Patients in the self-management group had significantly greater reductions in systolic blood pressure than the control group after six months.
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