Medication management program ineffective for curbing hypertension

A program designed to help hypertensive patients with complex medication regimens understand the drugs they are prescribed not only failed to improve adherence, but it actually raised their blood pressure.  

Northwestern University researchers randomized 12 federally qualified health centers in Chicago to provide usual care, offer medication management tools through the electronic health record (EHR) or provide those EHR tools along with nurse-led education and counseling. Patients provided with just the EHR resources—medication review sheets at check-in and information sheets printed after visits—saw their average systolic blood pressures increase by 3.6 mm Hg one year later compared to the normal care group.

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