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How Can the Healthcare Team Improve Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Rates in Older Adults With Hypertension?

  1. As a member of the healthcare team caring for a 64-year-old man with hypertension, you recommend an automated blood pressure cuff for self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SBPM). According to the results from the previous study by Margolis and colleagues, what can you expect from this intervention?
    No change in blood pressure beyond 6 months of monitoring
    A significant reduction in risk for all cardiovascular events
    A significant reduction in risk for cardiovascular death only
    A substantial reduction in the cost of care over time
  2. What should you consider regarding the results of the current study by Springer and colleagues as you evaluate this patient?
    Almost three-quarters of participants owned an SBPM device
    Nearly 70% of participants regularly monitored their blood pressure
    Being a woman was associated with higher rates of SBPM
    Healthcare professional recommendations had no effect on the rate of SBPM