CHICAGO — The American Medical Affiliation (AMA) right this moment introduced a brand new effort geared toward making certain future physicians and well being care professionals within the U.S. are uniformly educated on how one can constantly take correct blood strain (BP) measurements.
“We all know that wrong blood strain measurements are linked to errors in diagnosing and treating hypertension, and will result in extra opposed outcomes, but medical and well being career college students usually are not at present receiving constant coaching in BP measurement,” mentioned AMA President Susan R. Bailey, M.D. “The AMA’s new sequence of on-line schooling modules addresses the present lack of a standardized curriculum on evidence-based blood strain measurement strategies supplied at well being care colleges nationwide, together with medical, nursing, doctor assistant, medical assistant, and pharmacy. We imagine this step is important provided that the proportion of American adults who’ve their blood strain below management is considerably declining.”
Consultants level to correct BP measurement as an necessary step to enhance hypertension management for the greater than 120 million U.S. adults with excessive BP. Whereas measuring BP is a standard process and BP tips suggest periodic re-training, research reveals that scholar coaching in BP measurement is usually temporary, with various coaching fashions amongst well being care colleges. Moreover, some well being care colleges don’t present any coaching on self-measured blood strain (SMBP), which is a crucial part of look after sufferers with hypertension. And, regardless of research highlighting a decline in college students’ BP measurement abilities within the months following preliminary coaching, many well being care colleges don’t at present supply a BP measurement refresher course. The AMA’s new “Student BP Measurement Essentials” sequence—obtainable without spending a dime on the AMA Ed HubTM—gives three modules to assist tackle these gaps in coaching, together with:
- BP Measurement Essentials: Student Edition—Taken throughout preliminary scientific abilities (e.g., important indicators) coaching, this module will assist college students perceive the significance of correct BP measurement, how one can correctly put together and place a affected person for BP measurements, carry out BP measurements utilizing a wide range of units, and study SMBP.
- SMBP Essentials: Student Edition—Taken later in class as soon as college students change into extra conversant in foundational BP care, this module supplies college students with a deeper understanding of SMBP—together with how to decide on the correct gear and carry out SMBP measurements precisely and determine assets to assist sufferers measure their very own BP accurately.
- BP Measurement Refresher: Student Edition—This module, which is designed to be taken earlier than college students start scientific experiences and repeated as wanted throughout scientific experiences, supplies college students with a refresher on making ready and positioning a affected person for BP measurement and performing BP measurements utilizing completely different units.
To expedite adoption of the brand new BP measurement coaching sequence, the AMA is collaborating with 5 medical colleges—nearly all of which serve a scholar physique the place a number of teams of scholars have been traditionally under-represented in medication, together with Alabama Faculty of Osteopathic Medication, Keck Faculty of Medication of the College of Southern California, Morehouse Faculty of Medication, UC Davis Faculty of Medication, and UNC Faculty of Medication. Every faculty plans to include the modules into their fall 2021 curriculum. The AMA will rapidly adapt learnings from the autumn rollout to increase adoption of the modules throughout all U.S. well being care colleges in 2022.
“This effort is a part of AMA’s ongoing dedication to drive the way forward for medication by reimagining medical schooling, coaching and lifelong studying—making certain medical college students are outfitted to offer care within the rapidly-evolving well being care surroundings given the elevated use of telehealth and residential blood strain monitoring,” mentioned Dr. Bailey.
In 2019, the AMA and the American Coronary heart Affiliation (AHA) co-developed an e-learning module, Achieving Accuracy: BP Measurement, to offer well being care professionals with guideline-recommended coaching on correct BP measurement.
Improving the health of the nation is a high precedence for the AMA. The AMA has been working over the previous eight years to assist enhance well being outcomes related to heart problems, and can proceed to additional these efforts to deal with the rising burden of hypertension in the USA.