In order to evaluate efforts to improve blood pressure (BP) control in veterans with diabetes, the authors performed a retrospective review of computerized health records in the Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS). A total of 6624 diabetic patients with BP data were identified and a comparison was made to earlier surveys. There was an overall improvement in BP control. In a cohort of 1791 patients followed since 1999, there was a progressive improvement in both systolic BP (patients at goal increased from 28% to 35% P < .001, χ2) and diastolic BP (patients at goal increased from 69% to 79% P < .001). There was a corresponding increase in both number of drug classes used and use of antiangiotensin treatment. The authors conclude that the improvement in BP control in these veterans with diabetes was temporally associated with intensification in antihypertensive pharmacotherapy and sustained provider education and patient-specific computerized reminders.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health