TASMINH4 study

TASMINH4 study looked into the treatment of hypertension within primary care. The study found that when GPs base medication adjustments on regular blood pressure readings taken by patients at home, blood pressure was significantly lower after 12 months when compared with those who routinely attended clinics to have their blood pressure monitored. The trial, published in The Lancet, involved 1182 patients (260 from the Eastern region) with poorly-controlled blood pressure, recruited through 142 general practices in England (30 in the Eastern area). The researchers state that all GPs should encourage patients with hypertension to monitor their blood pressure at home and use those readings in their day-to-day care. Read more here.