Behavioral treatment of high blood pressure: III. Follow-up results and treatment recommendations

B. T. Engel, M. S. Glasgow, K. R. Gaarder

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Abstract

This article is the third in a series of studies designed to evaluate systolic blood pressure biofeedback and relaxation in the treatment of elevated blood pressure. It reports on the posttreatment follow-up results. The main findings were that patients who received the behavioral treatments could achieve and sustain reductions in blood pressure for at least 18 months. Furthermore, a number of patients who were receiving diuretic therapy to control their pressures were able to maintain reduced pressure for at least 9 months after discontinuing medication. A model for a behavioral-stepped care program is proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-29
Number of pages7
JournalPsychosomatic medicine
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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