Is there a role for nurse-led blood pressure management in primary care?

Fam Pract. 2003 Aug;20(4):469-73. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmg424.


Adequate treatment of high blood pressure reduces the risk of strokes and other cardiovascular events, but current treatment in UK general practice is often inadequate. Nurse-led management of people with high blood pressure could lead to improvements due to strict adherence to protocols, agreed target blood pressure, better prescribing and compliance, and regular follow-up. However, a review of the literature shows a lack of robust evidence of the effectiveness of nurse-led hypertension management in primary care. There is a clear need for randomized controlled trials to see if nurse-led management is associated with better blood pressure control than routine care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disease Management*
  • Family Practice
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / epidemiology
  • Hypertension / nursing*
  • Male
  • Primary Nursing*
  • State Medicine
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology