Evidence-Based Public Health


New Community Guide Recommendation: Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control: Team-Based Care to Improve Blood Pressure Control

May 17, 2012

The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends team-based care to improve blood pressure control on the basis of strong evidence of effectiveness in improving the proportion of patients with controlled blood pressure and in reducing systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Team-based care involves a multidisciplinary team (patient, the patient's primary care provider, and other professionals such as nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers, and community health workers) to improve the quality of hypertension care for patients. Team-based care is established by adding new staff or changing the roles of existing staff to work with a primary care provider on hypertension care.

Team-based care interventions typically include activities to:

  • Facilitate communication and coordination of care support among various team members
  • Enhance use of evidence-based guidelines by team members
  • Establish regular, structured follow-up mechanisms to monitor patients' progress and schedule additional visits as needed
  • Actively engage patients in their own care by providing them with education about hypertension medication, adherence support (for medication and other treatments), and tools and resources for self-management (including health behavior change)

For more information, view the Community Guide Recommendation here.