New Publications Feature Cost-Effectiveness of Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring Interventions

Did you know that using personal blood pressure measurement devices can help people manage their high blood pressure? The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recently published a review of the economic evidence along with the recommendation paper for the following interventions that help improve blood pressure control:

The published literature can be accessed through our website:

What is self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SMPB)?

SMBP monitoring involves training patients to use validated, and usually automated, blood pressure measurement devices on a regular basis in familiar settings, typically their homes. Patients share their blood pressure readings with their healthcare provider during medical visits, by telephone, or electronically. These measurements are monitored and used in treatment decisions to improve blood pressure control.

Why are these CPSTF recommendations important?

  • Nearly 75 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure and only about half have their condition under control (Merai et al., 2016).
  • High blood pressure increases risk for heart attack, stroke, chronic heart failure, and kidney disease (Mozzafarian et al., 2015).
  • Cardiovascular disease costs the United States approximately $316 billion each year in health care services, medications, and lost productivity from premature mortality (Benjamin et al., 2017).

What are the CPSTF and Community Guide?

  • The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) is an independent, nonfederal panel of public health and prevention experts whose members are appointed by the Director of CDC. CPSTF provides information for a wide range of decision makers on programs, services, and other interventions aimed at improving population health. Although CDC provides administrative, scientific, and technical support for the Task Force, the recommendations developed are those of CPSTF and do not undergo review or approval by CDC.
  • The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is a collection of all the evidence-based findings and recommendations of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and is available online at


Merai R, Siegel C, Rakotz M, Basch P, Wright J, et al. CDC grand rounds: a public health approach to detect and control hypertension. MMWR 2016;65(45):1261-4.

Mozzafarian D, Benjamin EJ, Go AS, Arnett DK, Blaha MJ, et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics 2015 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation 2015;131:e29-322.

Benjamin EJ, Blaha MJ, Chiuve SE, Cushman M, Das SR, et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics 2017 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation 2017;135:e146-603.

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