Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Sheri Jacobson, PhD, RN

Second Advisor

Patricia Hughes, DNP, RN, NE-BC


Practice Problem: Because of the prevalence of hypertension worldwide, it is prudent for all patients to have the knowledge and ability to self-monitor their blood pressure. Patients monitoring their own blood pressure and communicating the readings with healthcare providers facilitates a more comprehensive plan of care.

PICOT: The PICOT question that guided this project was: In adults 18-90 years old with primary hypertension (P), will a self-measured blood pressure monitoring that includes a monthly telehealth visit with a provider (I), compared to blood pressure monitoring at routine office visits (C), decrease patients' systolic blood pressure readings by five mmHg (O) within 8 weeks (T)?

Evidence: Research shows that self-measured blood pressure monitoring reduces blood pressure, possibly because treatment adherence is improved due to daily monitoring and reporting the reading to a provider.

Intervention: Twenty participants took their blood pressure at home with a verified monitor and entered the readings into the patient portal for the provider to review for 8 weeks. Pre and post-project blood pressure readings were analyzed for home monitoring effectiveness.

Outcome: A two-tailed paired samples t-test was used to show that the mean of the pre-project systolic blood pressure was significantly higher (143.60 mmHg) than the mean of the post-project systolic blood pressure (130.50 mmHg). Clinical significance was observed by lower systolic blood pressure readings of the hypertensive participants by the end of the project.

Conclusion: By monitoring at home daily, the patient is aware of their blood pressure readings and understands when treatment changes are necessary. This increases patient engagement in the self-care of hypertension while reducing their blood pressure.


Scholarly project submitted to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice

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