AMA News Release (11/18/19)
A new survey of more than 2,000 medical providers from the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Heart Association (AHA) highlights the need for consistent and frequent blood pressure (BP) measurement re-training among healthcare professionals. Half of responding physicians and physician assistants said they never received BP measurement re-training following initial training in professional school, as did 33% of nurse respondents and 25% of medical assistants; yet more than 50% of respondents agreed some form of standardized BP measurement refresher should be necessary. AMA and AHA have developed a new e-learning module to offer healthcare professionals guideline-recommended training on proper BP measurement, accessible through AHA's e-Learning platform and TargetBP.org. "Both the AMA and AHA strongly support refresher training for healthcare professionals as a critical component to providing the highest quality of care and patient safety," said AHA President Robert Harrington, MD. Three leading healthcare groups and CVS MinuteClinic are evaluating the module's efficacy, and examining how to deploy phased BP measurement skills assessment and re-training strategies.