Published recently in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, the REACH trial demonstrates that the implementation of e-counseling, in addition to traditional medical therapy improves systolic blood pressure, pulse pressure and cardiovascular disease risk reduction. See the trial link.
There are considerable implications for these findings. But as the author in Clinical Innovation + Technology notes, “this suggests that there is a fundamental need in e-health to develop protocols that are clinically organized to guide patients for a long-term interval in sustaining self-care behavior.”
The REACH study or “Reducing Risk with E-based support for Adherence to Lifestyle Change in Hypertension” points to several opportunities for more economical, streamlined and efficient behavioral health and stress reduction care coordination strategies and delivery methods.
Vancouver Coastal Health
London Health Science Center
Grey Bruce Health Unit
University Health Network (Toronto General Hospital Site)
Robert P Nolan, PhD, Behavioral Cardiology Research Unit, University Health Network
University Health Network, Toronto