Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives From Community Health Center Clinicians

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Journal for Healthcare Quality


The early period of the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a rapid increase in out-of-office care. To capture the impact from COVID-19 on care for patients with hypertension, a questionnaire was disseminated to community health center clinicians. The extent, types, and causes of care delays and disruptions were assessed along with adaptations and innovations used to address them. Clinician attitudinal changes and perspectives on future hypertension care were also assessed. Of the 65 respondents, most (90.8%) reported their patients with hypertension experienced care delays or disruptions, including lack of follow-up, lack of blood pressure assessment, and missed medication refills or orders. To address care delays and disruptions for patients with hypertension, respondents indicated that their health center increased the use of telehealth or other technology, made home blood pressure devices available to patients, expanded outreach and care coordination, provided medication refills for longer periods of time, and used new care delivery options. The use of self-measured blood pressure monitoring (58.5%) and telehealth (43.1%) was identified as the top adaptations that should be sustained to increase access to and patient engagement with hypertension care; however, barriers to both remain. Policy and system level changes are needed to support value-based care models that include self-measured blood pressure and telehealth.

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