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Date:6/24/2008

ystem," added Peterson, who co-wrote an accompanying editorial in the journal. "This system that they [the Seattle researchers] have developed might reduce overall costs, but it's not a system that could easily expand to the rest of the country because if you're not in a Group Health-like practice, you only get paid when you see patients in your office. In this system, doctors would have to devote their time, but can't get paid for it."

But, he added, "There's definitely potential for these models and better management systems will evolve into better blood pressure control."

Until the health-care system works out the kinks in blood pressure management systems, both Green and Peterson recommend keeping track of your own blood pressure at home. If your readings are consistently high, let your doctor know so he or she can adjust your medications.

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To learn more about managing high blood pressure, visit the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.



SOURCES: Beverly Green, M.D., M.P.H., family physician and investigator, Group Health Center for Health Studies, Seattle; Eric Peterson, M.D., professor of medicine, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Durham, N.C.; June 25, 2008, Journal of the American Medical Association


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