Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Automated telephone reminders pay off for blood pressure patients: study

From CBC News:
Automated telephone call reminders helped people with high blood pressure to lower their readings compared with people who did not receive the calls, researchers in Montreal found.

In the one-year study to be published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, 223 patients with hypertension were randomly assigned to receive calls from a computer-based system at least once a week with high readings sent to their doctors or receive an educational booklet and usual medical care.

"Forty-six per cent were controlled, achieved the target, versus 28 per cent without the system," senior author Dr. Pavel Hamet, a professor of medicine, physiology and nutrition at the University of Montreal, said Tuesday.

The improvement was "highly significant," and the system worked as well as adding a new medication, Hamet said. ...more

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