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Behavioral support from peers, staff lowers patients' blood pressure
Date:5/21/2012

why the danger of stroke and heart attack requires taking blood pressure medication daily, even if the condition has no symptoms.

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"We also created an online program to show patients their heart disease risk factors and what would happen to their risk of having a heart attack within four years if they reduced one or more of these risk factors," Dr. Turner said. "We could show that the risk could be reduced, sometimes a lot, by making a positive change."

Aspects of a patient-centered medical home were employed, such as using an electronic medical record to identify and then track the progress of the participants.

Dr. Turner said UT Medicine, the clinical practice of the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center, and other practices in San Antonio have patients who are also failing to achieve blood pressure control goals despite medications and office visits. Behavioral support may help them achieve a safer blood pressure. In addition, studies with patients who have diabetes have also shown a likely benefit from peer- and primary care office-based behavioral support, Dr. Turner said.

The research is reported in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22570108


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Contact: Will Sansom
sansom@uthscsa.edu
210-567-2579
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Source:Eurekalert

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