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Randomized feasibility trial of a digital intervention for hypertension self-management.

Muldoon MF, Einhorn J, Yabes JG, Burton D, Irizarry T, Basse J, Forman DE, Rollman BL, Burke LE, Kamarck TW, Suffoletto BP. Randomized feasibility trial of a digital intervention for hypertension self-management. Journal of Human Hypertension. 2022 Aug 1; 36(8):718-725.

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Home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM) can improve hypertension management. Digital tools to facilitate routinized HBPM and patient self-care are underutilized and lack evidence of effectiveness. MyBP provides video-based education and automated text messaging to support continuous BP self-monitoring with recurring feedback. In this pragmatic trial, we sought to generate preliminary evidence of feasibility and efficacy in community-dwelling adults 55 y/o with hypertension recruited from primary care offices. Enrollees were provided a standard automatic BP cuff and randomized 2:1 to MyBP vs treatment-as-usual (control). Engagement with MyBP was defined as the proportion of BP reading prompts for which a reading was submitted, tracked over successive 2-week monitoring periods. Preliminary measures of efficacy included BP readings from phone-supervised home measurements and a self-efficacy questionnaire. Sixty-two participants (40 women, 33 Blacks, mean age 66, mean office BP 164/91) were randomized to MyBP (n = 41) or a control group (n = 21). Median follow-up was 22.9 (SD = 6.7) weeks. In the MyBP group, median engagement with HBPM was 82.7% (Q1 = 52.5, Q3 = 89.6) and sustained over time. The decline in systolic [12 mm Hg (SD = 17)] and diastolic BP [5 mm Hg (SD = 7)] did not differ between the two treatment groups. However, participants with higher baseline systolic BP assigned to MyBP had a greater decline compared to controls [interaction effect estimate -0.56 (-0.96, -0.17)]. Overall hypertension self-efficacy improved in the MyBP group. In conclusion, trial results show that older hypertensive adults with substantial minority representation had sustained engagement with this digital self-monitoring program and may benefit clinically.

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