Change Ideas

  1. Focus on data discipline to support primary care providers to screen populations with the intent to measure blood pressure
    • Implement an evidence-informed hypertension flow sheet (e.g., Hypertension Management Program Flowsheet) for standardized, consistent assessment and documentation in the electronic medical record (EMR)
    • Map the hypertension patient journey from diagnosis through treatment including anti-hypertensive medications where relevant, as well as other management interventions
  2. Decision support aids for patients
    • Implement the provision of website links, online and paper-based information tools to support self-management and increase awareness of hypertension risks and/or management of BP (e.g., patient resources from the Hypertension Management Program (HMP), Hypertension Canada, & Heart and Stroke Foundation)
    • Implement the administration of effective behavioural counseling within your practice. Streamline provision of website links, online and paper-based information tools to support self-management related to self-management in addressing modifiable risk factors (e.g. smoking cessation, weight loss, diet, & exercise programs)
  3. Decision support aids for health care professionals (HCP)
    • HCP and staff training/education (e.g., hypertension management best practices)
    • Implement a hypertension management medical directive (e.g., Vascular Health Medical Directives when available) to enhance capacity for interprofessional team collaboration in care delivery

Vascular Health Primary Care Work Group
Last Updated: February 3, 2017