Using an Established Telehealth Model to Train Urban Primary Care Providers on Hypertension Management
Article first published online: 2 DEC 2011
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The Journal of Clinical Hypertension
Volume 14, Issue 1, pages 45–50, January 2012
How to Cite
Masi, C., Hamlish, T., Davis, A., Bordenave, K., Brown, S., Perea, B., Aduana, G., Wolfe, M., Bakris, G. and Johnson, D. (2012), Using an Established Telehealth Model to Train Urban Primary Care Providers on Hypertension Management. The Journal of Clinical Hypertension, 14: 45–50. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7176.2011.00559.x
- Issue published online: 3 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 2 DEC 2011
- Manuscript received: June 29, 2011; Revised: August 30, 2011; Accepted: September 15, 2011
J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich).
The objective of this study was to determine whether a videoconference-based telehealth network can increase hypertension management knowledge and self-assessed competency among primary care providers (PCPs) working in urban Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). We created a telehealth network among 6 urban FQHCs and our institution to support a 12-session educational program designed to teach state-of-the-art hypertension management. Each 1-hour session included a brief lecture by a university-based hypertension specialist, case presentations by PCPs, and interactive discussions among the specialist and PCPs. Twelve PCPs (9 intervention and 3 controls) were surveyed at baseline and immediately following the curriculum. The mean number of correct answers on the 26-item hypertension knowledge questionnaire increased in the intervention group (13.11 [standard deviation (SD)]=3.06) to 17.44 [SD=1.59], P<.01) but not among controls (14.33 [SD=3.21] to 13.00 [SD=3.46], P=.06). Similarly, the mean score on a 7-item hypertension management self-assessed competency scale increased in the intervention group (4.68 [SD=0.94] to 5.41 [SD=0.89], P<.01) but not among controls (5.28 [SD=0.43] to 5.62 [SD=0.67], P=.64). This model holds promise for enhancing hypertension care provided by urban FQHC providers.