A structured hypertension treatment program conducted at 119 primary care clinics led to 47.8% of 512 patients reaching their blood pressure target, compared with 27.4% of 504 patients who got usual care, Australian researchers reported in the Journal of Hypertension. Researchers said the availability of a nurse increased the likelihood patients would reach their blood pressure goals. "Successful, algorithm-based interventions to improve BP management have increased potential if there is someone like a practice nurse to implement them," the study team wrote.

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