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A Quality Improvement Plan for Hypertension Control (INCOTECA)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00820183
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 12, 2009
Last Update Posted : May 7, 2009
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
Jordi Gol i Gurina Foundation

Brief Summary:
The study hypothesis is that the implementation of a plan for quality improvement at the primary care health teams taking care of hypertensive patients, will increase the level of blood pressure control among those patients.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Hypertension Other: Quality Improvement plan for Hypertension Control Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

The study is to compare the results on the hypertension control between two groups of primary health care teams. The intervention group will undertake a quality improvement plan for hypertension control, in which the following aspects will be included in the intervention:

Specific training programme on how to diagnose hypertension , and measure blood pressure correctly To send feed back information to primary care health professionals about poorly controlled hypertensive patients An audit will be performed, every 6 months, to see the adhesion to the recommended clinical guidelines , and the information will be diffused among the participant primary health care professionals Each participant primary health care team will have a designated reference person, that will provide support on any doubts on the programme implementation.

The non intervention group will follow hypertensive patients following the same clinical practice guide as the intervention group, with no intervention on the primary health care professionals


Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 34327 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: A Quality Improvement Plan for Hypertension Control: the INCOTECA Project
Study Start Date : February 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2007
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2008

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: quality improvement plan
It will be the group of primary health care teams who will undertake the quality improvement plan for hypertensive patients
Other: Quality Improvement plan for Hypertension Control

Implementation of a plan of quality improvement addressed to health professionals in Primary Health Care Teams. It includes:

Specific training programme on how to diagnose hypertension , and measure blood pressure correctly To send feed back information to primary care health professionals about poorly controlled hypertensive patients An audit will be performed, every 6 months, to see the adhesion to the recommended clinical guidelines , and the information will be diffused among the participant primary health care professionals Each participant primary health care team will have a designated reference person, that will provide support on any doubts on the programme implementation


No Intervention: non intervention
It will be the group of primary health care teams that will not undertake the quality improvement plan for hypertension control



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. good control of hypertension as a dichotomous variable, based on systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure records over the last 12 months [ Time Frame: every three months, for a whole year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. treatment with antihypertensive drugs, number of antihypertensive drugs, assessment of therapeutic compliance [ Time Frame: every three months, for a whole year ]


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients diagnosed with hypertension before January 1st, 2006
  • Patients assigned at the primary health team participating, and with clinical electronic records

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients diagnosed with hypertension after January 1st, 2006
  • Patients under 18 years of age
  • Patients with a diastolic blood pressure higher than systolic blood pressure as recorded in the clinical records

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00820183


Locations
Spain
SAP Cerdanyola-Ripollet Institut Català de la Salut
Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain
Sponsors and Collaborators
Jordi Gol i Gurina Foundation
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Roser Valles Fernandez Institut Català de la Salut

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Roser VallésFernández, Institut Català de la Salut
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00820183     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RSB_2006
First Posted: January 12, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 7, 2009
Last Verified: January 2009

Keywords provided by Jordi Gol i Gurina Foundation:
Hypertension
Intervention
Primary Care
Quality improvement

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hypertension
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases