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Bright Spot: Team Up. Pressure Down.
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This bright spot was originally published in the 100 Million Healthier Lives Change Library and is brought to you through partnership with 100 Million Healthier Lives and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Million Hearts is a national public-private initiative led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with the goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. As part of this effort, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and pharmacists 'teamed up' to launch Team Up. Pressure Down. an educational program that promotes team-based care and offers support for health care professionals helping Americans improve medication adherence and more effectively manage their blood pressure. The program can be tailored for any pharmacy setting. It offers effective and time-saving resources, from video vignettes to conversation starters that encourage and support pharmacists in providing advice and counseling to patients with high blood pressure. A suite of patient education materials is also available to help people take a more active role in self-management efforts and to encourage increased interaction with their pharmacists on medication adherence and blood pressure control issues.
The expected outcomes are:
- Decrease in the number of heart attacks and strokes among people with uncontrolled high blood pressure.
- Increase the number of people who adhere to blood pressure medications as prescribed by their doctor.
- Increase the number of people whose blood pressure is controlled for sustained periods of time.