A graduate student has developed a mobile phone-base system that allows patients to self-manage hypertension, while increasing their awareness of the connection between daily lifestyle factors and blood pressure.
Published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension, are the results of a study investigating the use of a mobile phone-based self-management system for hypertension. The self-management support system was used in an effort to reduce blood pressure in primary care patients who were diagnosed with hypertension. For an 8-week study period, the participants used the self-management system daily as a tool to provide a better understanding of the relationship between daily lifestyle habits and hypertension.
The system was developed by a graduate student at the Sahlgrenska Academy, at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The patients reported parameters such as blood pressure, pulse, medications, lifestyle factors, and symptoms in their mobile phone. The web-based system then gave the participants reminders and encouragements via their mobile phone. All data was also available to the patients’ doctors and healthcare professionals, who could then follow up with discussion regarding specific factors. The researchers found that the system was successful at reducing blood pressure over the 8-week period.
The study demonstrates that the system could be a useful tool in primary care practice, to ensure patients are more mindful of their day-to-day readings, and enhancing self-management of hypertension. The researchers state that long-term larger scale studies are necessary to confirm the results.
Bengtsson, U, Kiellgren, K, Hallberg, I, Lindwall, M, Taft, C. “Improved Blood Pressure Control Using an Interactive Mobile Phone Support System” Journal of Clinical Hypertension, Early Online Publication
University of Gothenberg News Release: “Better blood pressure control – by mobile phone” Available from:
http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/news-calendar/News_detail//better-blood-pressure-control—by-mobile-phone.cid1336709 Last Accessed: November 25, 2015
Written by Deborah Tallarigo, PhD