2. Created a registry of all patients with high blood pressure. Then they telephoned those with no recent checkup asking them to take a blood pressure test.
3. Identified those patients who would benefit from a more effective treatment and told the doctors the information.
4. Sometimes prescribed a pill combining the two drugs instead of two separate pills. Patients appreciated the ease and lower co-pay. They were more likely to take the pill consistently.
5. Performed blood pressure checkups by a medical assistant instead of a doctor. Patients had more flexibility and availability in scheduling. They were more likely to get tests consistently.
6. Encouraged more exercise such as walking three miles, three times a week and a weekly strength-training class.
Does your doctor work with you on these points? Bring them up and discuss what can be done to improve your health based on these steps.
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