Evaluating the impact of computerized decision support on racial/ethnic disparities in hypertension outcomes

The Foundation's initiative, Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change, was designed to use research and evaluation to test hypothetical solutions for reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health care settings and actual disparity reduction outcomes in ongoing programs.This project will evaluate the effectiveness of a planned computerized decision support (CDS) intervention aimed at medical providers to overcome clinical inertia when treating blood pressure for hypertensive patients. The investigators of this study hypothesize that racial and ethnic differences in blood pressure outcomes are largely attributable to differences in providers' aggressiveness in managing patients with hypertension based on patients' race and ethnicity. This study will test if the use of CDS to remind medical providers of poorly controlled hypertensive patients to intensify their hypertension therapy will improve overall rates of blood pressure control and reduce the previously documented racial and ethnic disparities in blood pressure outcomes among the hypertensive patient population.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $258,499.00

Awarded on: 9/3/2009

Time frame: 9/1/2009 - 8/31/2011

Grant Number: 66708


Brigham and Women's Hospital

75 Francis Street
Boston, 02115-6110


LeRoi S. Hicks
Project Director