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Pharmacist-nurse team can improve BP management

A community pharmacist and nurse team can improve blood pressure management in diabetic patients with hypertension, Canadian research suggests.

The intervention, which included risk reduction education and four follow-up visits over six months, was compared with usual care in 227 adult patients with diabetes and blood pressure higher than 130/80 mmHg.

Systolic blood pressure decreased in both groups but the fall was significantly greater in the intervention group, with an average difference of 5.6 mmHg. The effect was much greater in patients with worse control at baseline.

Archives of Internal Medicine 2008;168:2355-61

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