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Hypertension

Peer-Based Storytelling

Peer-Based Storytelling

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Patients receive a series of three DVDs that feature peers from the community talking about their own experiences controlling high blood pressure.

Each DVD has two sections:“Storytelling” and “Learn More.” In the Storytelling section, patients share their experiences on topics such as livin…
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Incentives to Improve Quality

Incentives to Improve Quality

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Monetary incentives are given to providers and provider teams to follow recommended hypertension care guidelines.

Health care personnel are eligible to receive a monetary bonus for each patient with hypertension. Half of the bonus is based upon the physician’s use of guideline-recommended med…
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Patient-Directed Financial Incentives

Patient-Directed Financial Incentives

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Patients are offered financial incentives to make an appointment with their doctor.

Patients are sent a letter with hypertension education materials, a wallet-size blood pressure health record, and an offer t…
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Culturally-Adapted, Telephone-Based System to Promote Physical Activity

Culturally-Adapted, Telephone-Based System to Promote Physical Activity

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Patients received weekly telephone calls from an automated health monitoring and counseling system.

An automated, interactive behavior change program is delivered to patients by telephone, which individually tailors health messages based on a range of individual and cultural variables, functioning as an at-home monitor, educator a…
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Clinical Screening of Patients’ Health Literacy

Clinical Screening of Patients’ Health Literacy

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Patients complete a health literacy screening and physicians are trained to adjust their communication based on the results.

In the waiting room prior to their doctor visits, patients complete the Newest Vital Sign, a six-question screening tool which was developed as part of the Pfizer Clear Health Communication Initiative. Intak…
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At-Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

At-Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

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Patients transmit blood pressure readings using at-home monitors.

Patients discuss their blood pressure goal, monitoring regimen and action plan with their doctor and receive a blood pressure monitor for use at home. Patients are asked to transmit their readings once a month for nine months, and receive monthly reminders to transm…
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