hat is simple to update as new evidence becomes available.
3. Use a feasible, simple implementation strategy.
4. Include a patient version at appropriate scientific and language literacy level.
5. Consider costs of diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment.
6. Use a format easily incorporated within a team approach to health care.
7. Use a format able to be incorporated into electronic health records for clinical decision support.
8. Include a disclaimer to ensure that the algorithm is not used to counter the treating healthcare provider's best clinical judgment.
"The message for large and small practices and systems is: 'Use an approach that includes an evidence-based treatment algorithm and you can improve blood pressure control for your patients,'" said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. "Pick from any one of a number of available protocols, or develop your ownjust use an evidence-based one."
Several existing algorithms for hypertension treatment in large healthcare settings are available for public use in the resources and tools section of the Million Hearts initiative Web site at http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/resources/protocols.html.
"Arming healthcare providers, health systems, and communities with proven tools, algorithms, strategies, programs, and other best practices, along with expertise and technical assistance for improving blood pressure awareness, treatment and control is essential to reducing the tremendous burden of cardiovascular risk," said the statement authors.
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