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Automated Telephone Calls Improve Blood Pressure Control
Date:9/16/2013

xtensive collections of longitudinal medical data available, facilitating studies and important medical discoveries that shape the future of health and care delivery for patients and the medical community.

Kaiser Permanente is committed to exploring chronic condition management through clinical research. In August of this year, Kaiser Permanente researchers published findings showing that Kaiser Permanente Northern California had nearly doubled the rate of blood pressure control among adult members with diagnosed hypertension between 2001 and 2009, going from 43.6 percent in 2001 to 80.4 percent in 2009. In January of this year, Kaiser Permanente researchers published a study that found blood pressure and cholesterol control is even more important than blood sugar control for cardiovascular health in diabetes patients. A study late last year indicated that making prescription refills more affordable and accessible may reduce disparities among hypertension patients. In addition, Kaiser Permanente researchers last year found that patients who were newly prescribed a cholesterol-lowering medication were more likely to pick it up from the pharmacy if they received automated phone and mail reminders.

Other authors of the paper include: Timothy S. Ho, MD, and Joel Handler, MD, Orange County Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Irvine, Calif.; Michael H. Kanter, MD, Quality & Clinical Analysis an
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