APC making a difference: improving routine diagnosis of hypertension in primary care

SAPC champions expertise in Academic Primary Care driving improvements in primary care provision.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework review of University based academic work celebrated several examples of APC making a diference.

One example was this study from the Primary Care team at the University of Birmingham.

High blood pressure (or hypertension) is the major cause of stroke and other cardiovascular disease, and is one of the most important preventable causes of morbidity and mortality in developed and developing countries. In the UK it affects half the population over 60 and costs the NHS £1Bn per year in drugs alone.  

A University of Birmingham primary care-led study has provided definitive evidence of the superiority of ambulatory blood pressure measurement (ABPM) over clinic and home blood pressure monitoring as a means of diagnosing hypertension. The associated cost-effectiveness study showed that this approach will save the NHS over £10.5M per year.  As a result of this research, NICE guidelines have been amended and ABPM has become the reference standard. The research has also influenced public and policy debate in the UK and internationally.  

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