Protocols for Diagnosing Hypertension

Jointly provided by the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Rhode Island Department of Health Chronic Care and Disease Management Program


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Release date: May 16, 2016
Valid through: May 16, 2018
Media: Internet
Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 30 minutes

Target Audience
Practice teams including physicians, nurses, nurse care managers, medical assistants, and other team members as well as public health professionals.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should gain a better understanding of:

  • The importance of accurately diganosing hypertension (HTN)
  • The 2015 USPSTF recommendation for HTN screening
  • Guideline recommendations to diagnose HTN
  • Practice workflows for diagnosing HTN in clinical practice

Michael Rakotz, MD, FAAFP
Director of Chronic Disease Prevention, Improving Health Outcomes
American Medical Association
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine,
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Physician Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Rhode Island Department of Health. The Alpert Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation
Physicians: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other healthcare professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.

Nursing Contact Hours & Criteria for Successful Completion
This continuing nursing education activity was approved for 0.5 CEU by the Northeast Multi-State Division Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • In order to obtain 0.5 CEU credit, learners must complete the webinar and submit a completed evaluation form.
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Faculty and Disclosure/Conflict of Interest Policy
In accordance with ACCME requirements, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University has a conflict of interest policy that requires faculty to disclose relevant financial relationships related to the content of their presentations/materials. Any potential conflicts are resolved so that presentations are evidence-based and scientifically balanced.

Requirements for Successful Completion
In order to receive credit, participants must view the activity and complete the post-test and evaluation form. There are no pre-requisites and there is no fee to participate in this activity or to receive CME credit. Statements of Credit are awarded upon successful completion of the post-test with a passing score of ≥ 75%, and evaluation form.

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Hardware and Software Requirements
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For optimum results we recommend a device that has a display capability of 1024 x 768 or better. Mobile devices are not recommended for this activity.

This educational program is designed to present scientific information and opinion to health professionals, to stimulate thought, and further investigation.

Contact Information
For questions regarding this activity, please contact Brown Office of Continuing Medical Education 401-863-2871 or Please note, once you have completed viewing this page, don’t forget to click on the “Continue” button. You will not be able to begin the activity until you do so.

Additional Information
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