M.A.P. TO IMPROVE BLOOD PRESSURE CONTROL

MEASURE / ACT / PARTNER

Prevent heart disease

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CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE IS THE

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CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE

UNITED STATES

What can physicians and care teams do right now to help control high blood pressure?

The AMA and Johns Hopkins Medicine worked with physicians and care teams at 10 clinics to develop tools that physicians and care teams can use to M.A.P.—measure accurately, act rapidly and partner with patients, families and communities—to help control high blood pressure (hypertension) and ultimately prevent heart disease.

M.A.P. tools include easy-to-use resources for your practice or health center, such as evidence-based checklists, protocols, posters and patient handouts that will help address:

  • Hypertension control rates
  • Teamwork and communication strategies for quality improvement
  • Workflow processes and resources that need to improve

The AMA is calling on you to:

M. A. P. Steps

MEASURE

blood pressure accurately, every time it’s measured

ACT

rapidly to address high blood pressure readings

PARTNER

with patients, families and communities to promote self-management

Common problems that account for inaccurate blood pressure measurement

Reasons for inaccurate BP measurement

1. Pickering, et al. Circulation 2005

2. O’Brien, et al. Blood Press Mon. 2002

Did You Know?

DID YOU KNOW?

Measuring accurately is the first step to hypertension control.

See how physicians and care teams are using the M.A.P. Framework to measure blood pressure accurately

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What's nice about [the M.A.P. Framework] is you can pick and choose the tools you might use according to your assessment

of what your office is

in need of.

Deborah Midgley, MD

Erie Family Health Center

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This M.A.P. program...is simple

and it's straightforward,

and it works.

Mitchell Gittelman, DO

Gittelman Family Practice

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Use the M.A.P. to improve blood pressure control

Stats

MORE THAN

46%

OF US ADULTS WITH HYPERTENSION HAVE UNCONTROLLED BLOOD PRESSURE

33%

OF AMERICAN ADULTS AGED

≥ 20 YEARS HAVE HYPERTENSION

HYPERTENSION CONTRIBUTED TO

> 370,000 DEATHS IN THE U.S. IN 2011

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