From a Basic Hypertension Clinic to a Complex CV Clinic

October 27, 2011
2011 AFHTO conference presentation PRESENTER (S): Shellie Buckley, RN; Jenny Carter, RN FHT/ORG: Stratford FHT ABSTRACT: Two years ago a basic hypertension clinic was designed and launched as a pilot, with two physician partners at the Stratford Family Health Team. Now, in 2011, we have a complex CV risk program that services over 3000 patients. Gradually, over the past 2 years we have partnered with several doctors and their office staff, we have been through the QIIP learning community for HTN, have added more equipment and grown to welcome another RN. Progress has been slow at times; data extraction and organization is sometimes painful. We are now past the point of basic BP checks and offer patients tools to prevent CV events, screening for hypertension and hyperlipidemia, management of blood pressure and cholesterol plus ongoing monitoring and support. We are continually looking for new ideas and strategies to reach and benefit our patients. The outcome data remains positive as do the patient comment Click here to view presentation.