Visit frequency and hypertension

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


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