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A team of researchers from across the SPCR have found that a digital online intervention, which includes the self-monitoring of blood pressure, combined with lifestyle change support, can result in lower blood pressure in people receiving treatment for hypertension.

The NIHR (Programme Grants for Applied Research PGfAR) funded 'Home and Online Management and Evaluation of Blood Pressure (HOME BP)' trial of 622 participants aged 18 or over with hypertension from 76 general practices across the UK, found that this approach was also cost-effective.

The study compared a digital intervention for hypertension management and self-monitoring of blood pressure with usual care.  

The next step is an implementation strategy to realise the benefits for the whole population. HOME BP trial was led by Professor Richard McManus, a GP and Professor of Primary Care at the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

Read the press release from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

Home and Online Management and Evaluation of Blood Pressure (HOME BP) using a digital intervention in poorly controlled hypertension: randomised controlled trial

Richard J McManus, Paul Little, Beth Stuart, Katherine Morton, James Raftery, Jo Kelly, Katherine Bradbury, Jin Zhang, Shihua Zhu, Elizabeth Murray, Carl R May, Frances S Mair, Susan Michie, Peter Smith, Rebecca Band, Emma Ogburn, Julie Allen, Cathy Rice, Jacqui Nuttal, Bryan Williams, Lucy Yardley.

BMJ 2021; 372:m4858 doi: 10.1136/bmj.m4858