Performance Improvement 2009. What Factors Successfully Control High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol?


In this qualitative case study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified clinical practices in health care organizations that used policy, environmental, or systems-level interventions to improve patient outcomes for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Policy, environmental, and systems-level interventions are part of a comprehensive approach to managing high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are key risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

Health care organizations succeeded because they supported patient self-management, integrated interventions into the practice’s daily work flow to make implementation easier for staff, had effective leadership and committed staff, and facilitated community involvement. These results have important implications for clinicians and for policy makers. They show clinicians that establishing comprehensive systems of care matters and lead to better patient health. Policy makers may want to consider initiatives that require health care practices to adopt these systems of care.

Report Title: Strategies for Establishing Policy, Environmental, and Systems-Level Interventions for Managing High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol in Health Care Settings: A Qualitative Case Study
Agency Sponsor: CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Federal Contact: Julie Zajac, 404-498-4381
Performer: Associations of Schools of Public Health; Emory University/Rollins School of Public Health
PIC ID: 9026

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