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Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Stations

Summary 
  • Need: To encourage people to check their blood pressure.
  • Intervention: Self-check stations in community spaces and worksites allow people in rural West Virginia to check their blood pressure numbers and share the results with their healthcare providers.
  • Results: There are currently 51 self-check stations in community spaces or worksites.

Description

Research shows that self-monitoring blood pressure is an effective strategy for adults with high blood pressure. West Virginia University (WVU) Extension Service has blood pressure self-check stations in worksites and other community spaces to help community members manage their blood pressure.

WVU Extension Service received funding from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health for this project. Training and implementation are supported by many state and local partners, including the community sites, the state affiliate of the American Heart Association, and the WVU Heart & Vascular Institute.

Services offered

Each self-check station has a home monitoring push button device with an average-sized cuff and extra-large cuff, signage with instructions, 5-minute timer, and a brochure rack.

Blood pressure sign

Each site has a contact person who's trained in basic blood pressure information and can direct participants to resources. Participants sign in (so program coordinators can track station use), check their blood pressure, and are encouraged to share their readings with their healthcare providers.

Results

There are currently 51 self-check stations in community spaces or worksites. (West Virginia has 55 county WVU Extension Service offices.)

Barriers

  • Employees working in a station site may forget that they too can use the self-check service. It's not just for customers, clients, or patients.
  • People are often uninformed about blood pressure and may need guidance on ways to ensure accurate blood pressure readings.

Replication

Program coordinators use signs, handouts, radio ads, and social media posts to promote these stations and provide webinar training to worksites hosting these stations. Station sites receive a gift card to purchase refreshments for a "grand opening" or other community awareness event.

A station should be set up in a visible yet relatively quiet and private location.

WVU Extension Service resources include:

  • What is High Blood Pressure
  • Your Guide To Lowering Your Blood Pressure With DASH
  • How to Create a Blood Pressure Monitoring Station
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring Station Sign-In Sheet
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring Station Promotional Card
  • Take Your Blood Pressure Here Sign
  • What Affects Your Blood Pressure Poster
  • Blood Pressure Be Heart Smart Mirror Cling

Contact Information

Tony Michael, Program Director of Family & Community Development
WVU Extension Service
304.293.8685
tony.michael@mail.wvu.edu

Topics
Cardiovascular disease
Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

States served
West Virginia

Date added
November 29, 2018


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