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Home and online management and evaluation of blood pressure

The primary aim of the HOME-BP trial is to assess the feasibility, acceptability, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of integrating a digital intervention (DI) with nurse support into primary care for the self-management of hypertension, in comparison to usual care.            

Background

Increasingly widespread access to the internet and mobile phones means that healthcare Digital Interventions (DIs) are accessible to the majority of patients, and can be used to provide information and support at any time the patient needs it. DIs can empower patients by providing better access to personalised information, and support for active involvement in treatment and self-management.

There is accumulating evidence that DIs can deliver better and more efficient healthcare in the context of hypertension, and a recent Cochrane review concluded that “an organised system of registration, recall and regular review allied to a vigorous stepped care approach to antihypertensive drug treatment appears the most likely way to improve the control of high BP”. Therefore, the HOME-BP programme has been developed to incorporate previously identified effective intervention components (self-monitoring, pre-planned medication titrations and behavioural support) delivered in an acceptable and feasible online format.  

 

Study Design Individually randomised controlled trial (assessor blinded)
Sponsor: University of Southampton
Chief Investigator: Professor Lucy Yardley (University of Southampton)
Contact: homepb@phc.ox.ac.uk

Home BP