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Improving Hypertension Detection and Referral in an Ambulatory Setting

Richard F. Gillum, MD; Harold S. Solomon, MD; Paul Kranz; Paul Boepple; Malcolm Creighton
Arch Intern Med. 1978;138(5):700-703. doi:10.1001/archinte.1978.03630290020011.
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A paraprofessional aide working in an urban hospital's ambulatory clinics encouraged nurses to take and record blood pressures; he then contacted patients with elevated pressures who were not referred by clinic staff or who did not return for follow-up of their own accord. Blood pressure recording by clinic staff increased during the intervention from 54% to 68% of patients seen. Appointment keeping increased with intervention from 13% to 73% of those eligible for referral. The yield of hypertensive patients initiating management increased from a control level of 7% to 22% of total patients eligible for referral. Thus, a health aide can be effective in improving detection and referral of hypertensive patients at low cost.

(Arch Intern Med 138:700-703, 1978)


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