Teletransmitted monitoring of blood pressure and bilingual nurse counseling-sustained improvements in blood pressure control during 12 months in hypertensive Korean Americans

Miyong T. Kim, Hae Ra Han, Haley Hedlin, Jiyun Kim, Hee J. Song, Kim B. Kim, Martha N. Hill

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Abstract

This paper reports the results of a clinical investigation to determine the sustainability of intervention effects to lower blood pressure (BP) that were obtained through a short-term education via home telemonitoring of BP and regular counseling by bilingual nurses during 1year. A total of 359 middle-aged (40-64years) Korean immigrants completed a 15-month intervention that consisted of 6-week behavioral education followed by home telemonitoring of BP and bilingual nurse telephone counseling for 12months. The final analysis revealed a sharp increase in BP control rates sustained for more than 12months. At baseline, only 30% of the sample achieved BP control (<140/90mmHg). After the initial education period (approximately 3months), 73.3% of the participants had controlled BP levels. The levels of control were maintained and continuously improved during a 12-month follow-up period (83.2%, P<.001). These findings suggest that home telemonitoring of BP and tailored counseling are both useful tools to sustain or improve short-term education effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-612
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Hypertension
Volume13
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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