For chronic conditions like hypertension, patients must take an active role in the management of their illness including blood pressure monitoring, evaluating symptoms, tracking medications, changing and monitoring health behaviors, and relaying information to often multiple care providers for coordinated care. Currently, this is poorly done resulting in increased preventable morbidity and mortality. There is an opportunity to advance the science of patient-centered measurement by studying patient-driven data collection, feedback mechanisms, and integration in hypertension clinical practice.
This study identified a process to understand patient-driven priorities on measurement for chronic hypertension management.
We found that conducting focus groups including participants who differed in age and sex, in an iterative fashion, we could identify patient priorities in patient-centered measurements, and how to incorporate measures into their care.
We found that an iterative cycle of reviewing findings with patients, physicians, and application designers led to better measurement tools for the patient-provider encounter.
Based on these insights, we were able to develop patient-driven features for a novel hypertension digital health application with our technology partner, Cambian.
These features include:
We have also explored methods to capture and track medication, symptoms, allergies, and intolerances
Connections Journal (for scientists in the virtual care field)
November 2021: Latin American Society of Hypertension