Visit frequency and hypertension

J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2005 Jun;7(6):327-32. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-6175.2005.04371.x.

Abstract

The best return visit interval to achieve blood pressure control is currently unknown. This study investigates the relationship between return visit interval and percent change in blood pressure. We reviewed a cohort of hypertensive patient charts from two large, urban family practice offices. Four hundred twenty-nine patients with 7910 intervals showed a mean return visit interval of 79.5 days. Blood pressure control occurred during 34.5% of office visits. Pearson's r correlation coefficients between return visit interval and percent change in systolic and diastolic blood pressure demonstrated a small but statistically significant correlation. Shorter return visit intervals were associated with better percent changes in blood pressure. The return visit interval may be a simple and useful tool to improve management of hypertension.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Blood Pressure / physiology
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory / statistics & numerical data
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory / trends
  • Disease Progression
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / physiopathology
  • Hypertension / prevention & control*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Office Visits / statistics & numerical data*
  • Office Visits / trends
  • Outpatients / statistics & numerical data*
  • Patient Compliance
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Urban Population