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A Project to Promote Adherence to Blood Pressure Medication Among People Who Use Community Pharmacies in Rural Montana, 2014–2016
Community pharmacists can play a key role in helping patients take their blood pressure medication as prescribed by their doctors, which may support them in managing their high blood pressure. From 2014 to 2016, the Cardiovascular Health Program at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services conducted a statewide project to evaluate an intervention for adherence to blood pressure medication administered through community pharmacies. After the first year of the pilot, researchers redesigned the program for years two and three and measured the percentage of participating patients who adhered to blood pressure medication. Twenty-five community pharmacies completed Montana’s “Team Up. Pressure Down.” program: eight pharmacies in the pilot year, 11 pharmacies in year two, and six pharmacies in year three. For years two and three combined, the percentage of participating patients who achieved blood pressure medication adherence improved from 73 percent to 89 percent.
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