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Better Blood Pressure Measurement (MI)

BETTER MEASUREMENT FOR BETTER BLOOD PRESSURE CONTROL

Training improves patient care given by physician assistants, nurses and other practitioners

Public Health Problem

  • High blood pressure is a very common medical problem in the U.S. and in Michigan.
  • Health care practitioners often fail to follow national guidelines for blood pressure measurement – their average error is 10 mm of mercury – yet these measurements determine an individual’s disease risk and guide the interventions to prevent serious chronic diseases such as stroke, diabetes, kidney and heart disease.
  • Practitioners have limited opportunities to review and update critical blood pressure measurement skills or to advance their knowledge of up-to-date treatment interventions.

Program

  • The Michigan Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program developed a blood pressure measurement training program, engaging a well-known training organization and a team of experts. Michigan is one of 42 programs funded under the CDC National Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program.
  • The goal of this self-paced, interactive, comprehensive training program called Blood Pressure Measurement Quality Improvement Program is to improve the accuracy of blood pressure measurement by Michigan health care practitioners.


Impact

  • Well over three fourths of the program’s participants say they’re better able to measure blood pressure after participating in the training. Almost half of participants said information from the program improved the care they gave a patient in a clinical situation.
  • Training program users say: “I was not familiar with the specifics of taking blood pressure before utilizing this” and “Used throughout the institution – noted improved quality of blood pressure in many sites in our organization.”
  • Michigan nurses can now partially fulfill a licensing requirement through this program which is approved by the Michigan Nurses Association as a continuing nursing education activity.
  • More than 1,000 health workers including physician assistants and nurses in several medical care systems have participated in this cost-efficient and successful training program.
  • The program was adopted as part of the Michigan Core Curriculum on Hypertension developed in partnership with the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

Contact: Velma Theisen, Michigan Department of Community Health, theisenv@michigan.gov, (517)335-8754

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