The United States has a considerable population of hypertension patients. It’s so prevalent that about 1 in 3 adults suffer from high blood pressure across the country. This unfortunate state of affairs means massive pressure on the healthcare system for managing and treating their condition.
Even so, nearly half of these adults don’t have their condition under control. Hypertension is a constant threat to the patient’s health. It may cause kidney failure, stroke, heart failure, or heart attack. Not to mention the fact that patients with chronic illnesses have to frequent hospitals that put additional burden on their health and other aspects of life.
What can be done to ease the situation for both caregivers and patients?
Enter the self-measured blood pressure program (SMBP).
What is SMBP?
The self-measured blood pressure program aims to facilitate chronic care management by allowing patients to monitor their blood pressure at home or anywhere outside the clinic setting. It enables doctors and healthcare providers to diagnose and manage their conditions effectively.
As challenging as hypertension is, patients often do not adhere to medications and appointments. Sadly, they may not have time, capability, or family caregivers to frequently take them to the appointments.
In such a scenario, SMBP allows them to proactively participate in the chronic care management program. It’s a psychological thing. When a person monitors something every day, they are more careful about their diet, medication, routine, and other aspects of their health.
For this reason, AdvantagePlusNurses has introduced this program under the chronic care management services. Thanks to SMBP, patients only need to visit their doctor when they absolutely need it.
How Does It Work?
We identify patients with consistently high blood pressure, 140/90 or above. Besides, we also screen people for masked hypertension. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, we send them a blood pressure device to educate them on measuring their blood pressure at home accurately on their devices. And followed up with educational material and 30 minute monthly coaching to help lower and manage their blood pressure.
The patient sends the BP records to the healthcare provider via electronic submission and or by phone call. The latter calculates the weekly SMBP average. According to their blood pressure readings, the doctor takes the necessary course of action.
Benefits of SMBP
Without a doubt, the most significant advantage of incorporating the self-measured blood pressure program in chronic care management is the ability to intervene timely and potentially save the patient’s life.
Since the patient does not visit a hospital every day to measure their BP, more often than not, it delays timely diagnosis and treatment. With SMBP, however, the doctor or healthcare team can immediately contact the patients if their blood pressure readings are worrisome.
Accuracy of Diagnosis
Infrequent BP measurement also means that there will be instances when an in-office diagnosis is inaccurate.
A person who may have elevated blood pressure in a clinical setting may have non-hypertensive blood pressure readings outside the office (White-Coat Hypertension).
On the other hand, a person with non-hypertensive BP readings in the office may have elevated blood pressure levels outside the hospital (Masked Hypertension).
To confirm the diagnosis, it needs to be monitored regularly outside the clinical setting. Hence, the self-measured blood pressure program is critical for preventing misclassifications.
Ready to control your hypertension? Reach out to AdvantagePlusNurses today!