Project Title: Improving Efficiency in Outpatient Hypertension Control
Authors: Jesse Troutman, DO; James Bowie, MD
Program: St. Anthony North Family Medicine Residency
Abstract: Hypertension is one of the most common chronic medical conditions. Chronic hypertension is associated with many serious health complications. We sought to improve blood pressure control in our patient population via logistical change during our standard outpatient visit appointments. The simple logistical change was to perform a repeat blood pressure reading for every patient with an initial elevated blood pressure reading, to give a blood pressure log for home blood pressure recording to every patient with persistent elevated blood pressure, and to schedule a follow-up appointment to re-evaluate the blood pressure 2 to 4 weeks after the initial evaluation. At the time of this writing, data is still being collected.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to… • Determine if increased frequency of in-office ambulatory blood pressure readings leads to improved blood pressure control. • Determine if the collection of at-home blood pressure readings leads to improved blood pressure control.
Category: Outpatient quality improvement (QI)