Self-management support for people with hypertension

January 20, 2015

Source: Health Services and Delivery Research, 2014, 2 (53) p. 221-250

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Systematic review

In a nutshell: This study by the National Institute for Health Research provides an overview of the evidence on self-management support for a range of long-term conditions. Its objective is to inform commissioning and healthcare providers. Chapter 15 examines the research on self-management support for hypertension.

Length of publication: 30 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement: National Institute for Health Research

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Smartphone-based home care model improved use of cardiac rehabilitation in postmyocardial infarction

July 11, 2014

Source: Heart online first

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Date of publication: June 2014

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: Uptake of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) can be poor, especially among women, older patients and ethnic minorities. This study looked at a home-based CR programme called the Care Assessment Programme, which used smartphones to monitor health and exercise, and to deliver motivational and educational material. This home service had higher rates of uptake, adherence and completion than a traditional centre-based programme among post-myocardial infarction patients.

Length of publication: 10 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.


Obesity treatment for socioeconomically disadvantaged patients in primary care practice

April 12, 2012

Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, 2012, 172 (7) p. 565-574

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Date of publication: April 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: 365 obese patients receiving treatment for hypertension took part in a trial to measure the effectiveness of a behavioural intervention. The ‘Be Fit, Be Well’ intervention promoted weight loss and hypertension self-management. This included tailored goals for behaviour-change, self-monitoring and skills training, which were available online, by telephone, through group support sessions and other methods. After two years, the intervention provided modest weight loss and improved blood pressure control among this high-risk, disadvantaged group of patients.

Length of publication: 10 pages

Some important notes: You will need an NHS Athens username and password to access this article. Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.


Care Planning: improving the lives of people with long term conditions

October 12, 2011

Source: Royal College of General Practitioners

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Date of publication: September 2011

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report looks at the care planning for patients with long term conditions such as ischaemic heart disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease. It provides guidance for GPs so that they can bhelp their patients take more control over their health and improve their quality of life.

Length of publication: 76 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library if you cannot access the full text. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement: Clinical Innovation and Research Centre