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Attempt Personal Health Record Generates Little Use, Has no Impact on Blood Pressure Control; Utilization; or Patient Activation, Empowerment, and Satisfaction 7/30/2014
A personal health record for hypertensive patients to monitor blood pressure and other health data had no impact on blood pressure control; health services utilization; and patient activation, empowerment, and satisfaction.
Policy Verizon Encourages Health Plans to Identify and Address Disparities, Leading to Enhanced Access to Information and Services for Minorities 7/30/2014
Verizon adopted a policy related to selecting vendors that emphasizes the ability to identify and address health disparities, leading to enhanced access to information and screening services for racial and ethnic minority employees, dependents, and retirees.
Community Health Workers Offer Culturally Tailored Interactive Workshops and Counseling to Filipino Americans, Leading to Improvements in Medication Adherence and Cardiovascular Risk Factors 7/16/2014
Community health workers provided culturally tailored workshops and one-on-one counseling and support to Filipino Americans at high risk of cardiovascular disease, leading to greater adherence to medication regimens, better attendance at scheduled appointments, improved blood pressure control, and lower body mass index.
Multispecialty Practice Uses Electronic Templates to Provide Customized Support at Every Visit, Contributing to Improved Patient Behaviors and Outcomes 7/16/2014
Using electronic templates, nurses and physicians provide a personalized report to patients at virtually every visit, with the goal of improving health-related behaviors; the program has contributed to a leveling off in the prevalence of overweight/obesity, above-average quit rates among smokers, better blood glucose control, and fewer racial disparities in chronic care.
Archived Employer-Sponsored Incentives and Support Designed to Reduce Overweight/Obesity and Other Risks Lead to Improvements in Health-Related Behaviors and Select Health Indicators 7/2/2014
Financial incentives and associated support for employees and spouses to remain smoke-free, engage in physical activity, manage weight, achieve specific health-related milestones, and complete an annual physical exam and health risk appraisal lead to high participation rates and improvements in health-related behaviors and select health indicators.
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Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, Volume 3—Hypertension Care 5/7/2014
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality sponsored a critical analysis of the existing literature on quality improvement (QI) strategies for hypertension care, to bring data to bear on QI opportunities. This report aims to help readers assess whether a QI strategy might work in their practice or patient population.
The Community Health Worker's Sourcebook: A Training Manual for Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke 4/9/2014
This sourcebook serves as an instruction manual for training community health workers and as a reference and a resource for community health workers working with community members in preventing heart disease and stroke.
The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard: An Assessment Tool for Employers To Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke, and Related Health Conditions 1/15/2014
This tool is designed to help employers assess the extent to which they have applied evidence-based health promotion interventions in their worksites to prevent heart disease, stroke, and related conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.
Cardiovascular Diseases: Patient Brochures and Clinician Fact Sheets 10/9/2013
These brochures for patients and fact sheets for health care providers explain the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for several cardiovascular diseases.
Team Up. Pressure Down. 5/8/2013
This nationwide program aims to lower blood pressure and prevent hypertension through patient–pharmacist engagement.

Last updated: July 30, 2014.