Interventions to Improve Hypertension Control and Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk

2014-08-27 03:49:43 | BioPortfolio


This study will test the separate and combined effects of a continuous quality improvement (CQI) intervention for physicians (MDs) and a behavioral intervention for patients on blood pressure control.



Hypertension affects 25% of adults in the United States and remains a leading cause of heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. Despite numerous effective treatments, only 25% of people with hypertension are at goal blood pressure (BP). The chronic care model suggests that BP control can be achieved by improving patient self-care and the systems through which care is delivered. Patient self-care efforts should be directed at counteracting the effects of obesity, physical inactivity, poor dietary pattern, and non-adherence to prescribed medications on BP. In addition, efforts should be directed at the use of quality improvement systems that can counteract the well-documented non-adherence of primary care MDs to established clinical practice guidelines. In addition to improving BP control, these approaches can also reduce costs associated with hypertension and its consequences. However, given the resources that would be required to implement such approaches, it is critical that their effectiveness be rigorously established. This controlled study will test the separate and combined effects of a behavioral intervention for patients and a CQI intervention for MDs on BP control. The patient intervention will employ proven behavioral methods for promoting a healthy lifestyle and adherence to medication regimens. The MD intervention will use a CQI approach to provide training, motivation, and feedback on performance in a non-threatening way to promote continuous self-improvement and adherence to clinical practice guidelines.


The Hypertension Improvement Project (HIP) is a randomized, controlled study that will test the separate and combined effects of a CQI intervention for MDs and a behavioral intervention for patients on BP control. MDs will be selected from practices in the Duke Primary Care Research Consortium that serve low-income and minority populations. Practices will be randomly assigned to the MD intervention or to the MD control condition. Within these practices, all MDs will receive the same intervention and their patients will be individually randomized to the patient intervention or to the patient usual care condition. The MD intervention consists of the following three main elements: 1) on-line training modules; 2) an evaluation and treatment algorithm for use in the clinic; and 3) a CQI procedure involving assessment of clinical performance measures and feedback to MDs on their adherence to guidelines. The performance data will be collected for 18 months and feedback will be provided to MDs every 3 months. Patients from these practices (approximately 50% women, at least 40% African American, and 90% low-income) will be randomly assigned to patient intervention or usual care. The patient intervention consists of a 6-month behavioral intervention aimed at lifestyle changes to lower BP and promote adherence to prescribed BP medications. BP and other follow-up measurements will be performed at the end of the intervention and a year later (at 6 and 18 months post-randomization). The primary outcome will be the proportion of patients in each treatment group that have adequate BP control at 6 months. BP control is defined by the Joint National Committee 6 (JNC-6) goals (systolic BP less than 140 mm Hg and diastolic BP less than 90 mm Hg for most patients; lower goals for patients with cardiovascular or renal disease, or diabetes). Other outcomes of this study will include BP control at 18 months, MD adherence to national guidelines, and patient adherence to lifestyle recommendations and medication regimens. A cost analysis will also be done. The study will enroll 500 patients in 10 practices (approximately 20 MDs), and will have 80% power to detect an effect size of 0.3 for the primary outcome. The HIP study will test practical interventions for improving hypertension control that can be broadly implemented and can reduce CVD risk.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment




Lifestyle interventions to lower blood pressure for patients, MD CQI-type intervention


Duke University
North Carolina
United States




National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

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