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A recent study conducted at the University of Rochester Medical Center examined how a team-based approach to managing hypertension affected patient blood pressure. This team approach included doctors, pharmacists, and nurses who helped hypertensive New York patients to get better control over their blood pressure. The assistance included transportation to appointments, pill boxes, automatic pharmacy refills, health insurance assistance, and blood pressure check follow-ups.
Researchers found that when the team approach was used, the number of patients with stage 2 hypertension was reduced. They believe that working as a team instead of one-on-one made it easier to address treatment obstacles and to cover more issues.
These findings were published in the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension December 2015.