According to the American Heart Association, “heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.” Fortunately, it is largely preventable and there are many things people can do to reduce their risk.
Each February, communities across the country observe American Heart Month as a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health.
To assist our members in the fight against heart disease, the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians offers an online data collection module focused on hypertension to assist family physicians in the execution of a systematic, quality improvement (QI) initiative focused on improving the care of patients diagnosed with hypertension.
This hypertension QI module is free to OAFP members and follows the 2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults report from the panel members appointed to the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC-8),
- Reflect upon the importance of practice team engagement to manage patients diagnosed with hypertension
- Determine the gaps in the care that is currently being provided to patients diagnosed with hypertension
- Put interventions into practice, work for improvement in hypertension care management
- Demonstrate improvements in patient care as a result of systems changes identified through quality improvement initiatives.
This module will guide family physicians through three phases a pre-assessment phase, including evaluating the current practice’s care delivery and selecting a plan for improvement; an action phase, the point at which practices put their plan into action for a minimum of three months; and a post-assessment phase, including analysis of data, reflection on successes and challenges incurred, and evaluation of the program.
The module will provide an online data collection mechanism for each phase and links throughout to guidelines, resources, and references.
Learn more about completing the hypertension module or view this short video:
*ABFM fees still apply.