NEW YORK — Pharmacists remotely monitoring patients helped them achieve better blood-pressure control than physicians in usual care, according to a new study.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, used a telemonitoring system made by AMC Health and enrolled 450 patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. About half of the patients monitored their blood pressure from home at least six times per week for a year, and then sent the readings electronically to pharmacists who provided lifestyle advice and adjusted their medications. The rest of the participants were placed in a control group that received traditional treatments from physicians.
At the end of the the year, the study found 71.2% of patients using telemonitoring had their blood pressure under control, compared with 52.8% of patients in the control group. In a follow-up six months later, 71.8% of patients in the telemonitoring group continued to have their blood pressure under control, compared with 57.1% of those seeing physicians. The study also found significantly greater confidence among telemonitoring patients in their ability to communicate with their healthcare team, integrate home blood pressure monitoring in their weekly routine, follow medication regimens and keep blood pressure under control.