July 24, 2015

MICHR Grant Winner to Study Hypertension Smart Phone App

Dr. Lori Buis earns $25,000 grant to examine this new technology's effect on health care. 

Lorraine R. Buis, Ph.D., assistant professor, was awarded a MICHR pilot grant for her study entitled “Utilizing Consumer Health Informatics to Support Management of Hypertension by Clinical Pharmacists in Primary Care.” 

Lorraine R. Buis, Ph.D.
Lorraine R. Buis, Ph.D 

Dr. Buis plans to test the feasibility and acceptability of a new intervention to encourage patients with hypertension to monitor their blood pressure at home. The intervention is led by clinic-based pharmacists and would utilize a smart phone application. The study will run through June of 2016.

 Dr. Buis will recruit 25 participants with uncontrolled hypertension to monitor their blood pressure twice daily at home for twelve weeks, and sync the data to the mobile intervention so that a clinical pharmacist can review and incorporate the data into ongoing hypertension management.

 She has previously studied the use of text messages among patients with hypertension. Read her publication “Text Messaging to Improve Hypertension Medication Adherence in African Americans: BPMED Intervention Development and Study Protocol”online at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4296103/.

 Read more about the MICHR pilot grant program and see the other awardees at: http://www.michr.umich.edu/about/news/newsitem?nid=254