MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr. Marc Jaffe, MD
Clinical Leader, Kaiser Northern California Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program
Clinical Leader, Kaiser National Integrated Cardiovascular Health (ICVH) Guideline Development Group
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Endocrinology and Internal Medicine
Kaiser South San Francisco Medical Center
1200 El Camino Real
South San Francisco, California 94080
MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings of the study?
In 2001, we set out to improve blood pressure control in among Kaiser Permanente (KP) members in Northern California, and we ended up creating one of the largest, community-based hypertension programs in the nation. The paper published in JAMA explores how we combined a number of innovations, including a patient registry, single-pill combination therapy drugs and more, to nearly double blood pressure control rates.
If you had told us at the onset that blood pressure
control among members would be more than 80 percent, and it was actually almost 90 percent in 2011, we wouldn’t have believed you. These results are truly incredible. During the study period, hypertension control increased by more than 35 percent from 43.6 percent to 80.4 percent in Kaiser Permanente Northern California between 2001 and 2009. In contrast, the national mean control rate increased from 55.4 percent to 64.1 percent during that period.