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STITCH (Simplified Therapeutic Intervention To Control Hypertension)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Western Ontario, Canada Identifier:
First received: August 10, 2005
Last updated: June 13, 2012
Last verified: June 2012
The objective of this study is to assess whether the implementation of a primary treatment algorithm using a fixed dose combination therapy will improve the management of hypertension when compared to usual management.

Condition Intervention Phase
Hypertension Drug: fixed dose combination therapy Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Evaluation of a Primary Treatment Algorithm Using Fixed Dose Combination Therapy for the Management of Hypertension - Control and Intervention Arms

Further study details as provided by University of Western Ontario, Canada:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The primary measure of outcome is the proportion of subjects treated to target (systolic blood pressure [SBP] <140 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure [DBP] <90 mmHg) at 6 months, compared at the practice level.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Secondary measures of response will include the change at 6 months in systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure. These outcomes will be compared at the practice level
  • Provider satisfaction will be obtained by means of a questionnaire administered at each practice after the last study participant completes the study.

Enrollment: 2081
Study Start Date: May 2005
Study Completion Date: January 2007
Primary Completion Date: September 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

There is a clear need for improved approaches for both improved blood pressure control and improved compliance with medication regimens. Although decreasing the frequency of drug taking does improve blood pressure control, whether fixed-dose combinations are more effective than taking multiple tablets is unknown. Additionally, notwithstanding the presence of excellent evidence-based recommendations for the treatment of hypertension, the choices for practitioners in regards to first line therapy is widening (and may be more confusing, especially in the setting of the proliferation of recommendations for a range of diseases). Whether a simplified treatment algorithm, consistent with the Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) guidelines but using a step-care approach, might improve management of hypertension is unknown. The current study will determine the effectiveness of a simplified treatment algorithm which incorporates early use of a fixed-dose combination therapy.

This is a cluster randomized controlled trial. Approximately 50 family practices eligible for study participation will be randomized in a 1:1 ratio to implement a treatment algorithm or to continue usual care for the management of hypertension. The randomization schedule will be stratified by the year of graduation of the family physician (< 1984 or ≥ 1984). Within each practice, 50 subjects will be managed according to the algorithm or usual care and will be followed for six months.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female subjects 18 years or older
  • Hypertension SBP ≥ 140 mmHg or DBP ≥ 90 mmHg whether untreated or partially treated
  • Absence of ischemic heart disease, atrial fibrillation, peripheral vascular disease, stroke and chronic kidney disease
  • Not participating in other hypertension studies
  • Ability to give informed consent
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00129909

Canada, Ontario
Robarts Research Institute
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5K8
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Western Ontario, Canada
Study Director: Ross D Feldman, MD University of Western Ontario, Canada
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Western Ontario, Canada Identifier: NCT00129909     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RPO402A; RPO402B
Study First Received: August 10, 2005
Last Updated: June 13, 2012

Keywords provided by University of Western Ontario, Canada:
family physicians
fixed dose combination therapy
cluster randomized controlled trial

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Vascular Diseases
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