Telemonitoring Enhances Expenditure with Reduced Blood Pressure: Study
Scottish researchers have said home telemonitoring results in regulating mean blood pressure but it fails to reduce the costs, rather it increases the expenditure.
The study tracked 401 adult patients with unrestrained high blood pressure. Half of the participants were asked to measure their blood pressure and provide the readings to a secure website. Another half was provided the regular regime of checking the blood pressure.
It was observed that in the telemonitoring arm, there was a reduction of blood pressure from 146.0 mmHg to 140.0 mmHg. In case of the second half, there was a fall from 146.5 mmHg to 144.3 mmHg. This adds to the figures that highlights that there is 4.3 mmHg greater reductions in blood pressure with telemonitoring.
Besides, it was noticed that there was greater increase in the amount of antihypertensive drugs prescribed, in comparison to the usual care patients. Keeping aside the hospital admissions, it was observed that the costs per patient were on an average £109.32. This shows that there may have been reduced blood pressure but there has been considerable increase in costs.
According to the GPs, "Further research is required to determine if the reduction in blood pressure is maintained in the longer term and if the intervention is cost-effective".
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