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Large-Scale Kaiser Permanente Program Linked to Improved Blood Pressure Control
Date:8/20/2013

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente Northern California nearly doubled the rate of blood pressure control among adult members with diagnosed hypertension between 2001 and 2009 through one of the largest, community-based hypertension programs in the nation, as reported today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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The rate of hypertension control throughout Kaiser Permanente Northern California increased from 43.6 in 2001 to 80.4 percent in 2009, as measured by the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set quality measurement set by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

In contrast, the national mean control rate increased from 55.4 percent to 64.1 percent during that period. Control rates throughout California, available since 2006, were similar but slightly higher than the national average — 63.4 percent versus 69.4 percent from 2006 to 2009.

"This successful program is evidence that large-scale and comprehensive monitoring and intervention systems can improve blood pressure control," said lead author Marc G. Jaffe, MD, an endocrinologist and clinical leader of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program. "More importantly, this model has tremendous potential to improve the health of millions of people. High blood pressure is an important modifiable risk factor for life-threatening illnesses including heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. As the population ages, high blood pressure will become an even bigger problem unless we act now."

Hypertension affects 65 million adults in the United States, or 29 percent of Americans age 18 years or older, and is a major contributor to cardiov
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