Self-monitoring of Blood Pressure in Patients With Hypertension-Related Multi-morbidity: Systematic Review and Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis.

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BACKGROUND: Studies have shown that self-monitoring of blood pressure (BP) is effective when combined with co-interventions, but its efficacy varies in the presence of some co-morbidities. This study examined whether self-monitoring can reduce clinic BP in patients with hypertension-related co-morbidity. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted of articles published in Medline, Embase, and the Cochrane Library up to January 2018. Randomized controlled trials of self-monitoring of BP were selected and individual patient data (IPD) were requested. Contributing studies were prospectively categorized by whether they examined a low/high-intensity co-intervention. Change in BP and likelihood of uncontrolled BP at 12 months were examined according to number and type of hypertension-related co-morbidity in a one-stage IPD meta-analysis. RESULTS: A total of 22 trials were eligible, 16 of which were able to provide IPD for the primary outcome, including 6,522 (89%) participants with follow-up data. Self-monitoring was associated with reduced clinic systolic BP compared to usual care at 12-month follow-up, regardless of the number of hypertension-related co-morbidities (-3.12 mm Hg, [95% confidence intervals -4.78, -1.46 mm Hg]; P value for interaction with number of morbidities = 0.260). Intense interventions were more effective than low-intensity interventions in patients with obesity (P < 0.001 for all outcomes), and possibly stroke (P < 0.004 for BP control outcome only), but this effect was not observed in patients with coronary heart disease, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease. CONCLUSIONS: Self-monitoring lowers BP regardless of the number of hypertension-related co-morbidities, but may only be effective in conditions such obesity or stroke when combined with high-intensity co-interventions.

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Cited Authors

  • Sheppard, JP; Tucker, KL; Davison, WJ; Stevens, R; Aekplakorn, W; Bosworth, HB; Bove, A; Earle, K; Godwin, M; Green, BB; Hebert, P; Heneghan, C; Hill, N; Hobbs, FDR; Kantola, I; Kerry, SM; Leiva, A; Magid, DJ; Mant, J; Margolis, KL; McKinstry, B; McLaughlin, MA; McNamara, K; Omboni, S; Ogedegbe, O; Parati, G; Varis, J; Verberk, WJ; Wakefield, BJ; McManus, RJ

Published Date

  • March 13, 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 243 - 251

PubMed ID

  • 31730171

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7162426

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1941-7225

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/ajh/hpz182


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States