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Research published in JAMA from a study on patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease was successful in securing this year's Royal College of General Practitioners' Annual Research Paper of the Year award.

The School funded TASMIN-SR project investigated the effects of self-monitoring in the lowering blood pressure amongst patients with hypertension. The results confirmed that among patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease, self-monitoring with self-titration of antihypertensive medication compared with usual care resulted in lower systolic blood pressure at 12 months.

The research was led by Professor Richard McManus from the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and involved researchers from the universities of Birmingham, Cambridge, Central Lancashire, Southampton and UCL in the UK, and from the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and the University of British Columbia in Canada.

Paper: Effect of Self-monitoring and Medication Self-titration on Systolic Blood Pressure in Hypertensive Patients at High Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

The RCGP research paper of the year award is presented each year across six categories to recognise an individual or group of researchers who have undertaken and published an exceptional piece of research relating to general practice or primary care.

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