Hypertension

Data Transparency Measure:
Hypertension Control
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What is hypertension (high blood pressure)? Why screen?
High blood pressure is a common condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.
       
Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood the heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in the arteries. The more blood a heart pumps and the narrower the arteries, the higher the blood pressure.
 
UDS Definition 2017
What action can we take as a clinic to improve this measure?
Organizations to Watch - Kaiser Permanente:
In 2000, Kaiser Permanente of Northern California (KPNC) launched an extensive population hypertension management program. By 2009, the percentage of patients with controlled hypertension at KPNC reached a staggering 80 percent - 16 percent higher than the average for California's commercial health patients.  Kaiser Colorado has developed a similar program and, as a result, has also improved the percentage of Kaiser Colorado patients with controlled hypertension (61% in 2008 to 78% by 2010).
 
How did they do it? The CDC highlights KPNC’s approach to hypertension in the following Field Notes article. Kaiser Permanente’s work on hypertension is one to take to heart as we work towards controlling hypertension in Oregon.

What actions can we take as a clinic to improve this measure?

Helpful materials for taking action:
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