Clinical Decision Support for the Diagnosis and Management of Adult and Pediatric Hypertension

Suchith Vuppala, Christy B. Turer

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Purpose of Review: To review literature from 2016 to 2019 on clinical decision support (CDS) for diagnosis and management of hypertension in children and adults. Recent Findings: Ten studies described hypertension CDS systems. Novel advances included the integration of patient-collected blood pressure data, automated information retrieval and management support, and use of CDS in low-resource/developing-world settings and in pediatrics. Findings suggest that CDS increases hypertension detection/control, yet many children and adults with hypertension remain undetected or undercontrolled. CDS challenges included poor usability (from lack of health record integration, excessive data entry requests, and wireless connectivity challenges) and lack of clinician trust in blood pressure measures. Summary: Hypertension CDS has improved but not closed gaps in the detection and control of hypertension in children and adults. The studies reviewed indicate that the usability of CDS and the system where CDS is deployed (e.g., commitment to high-quality blood pressure measurement/infrastructure) may impact CDS’s ability to increase hypertension detection and control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number67
JournalCurrent hypertension reports
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinical decision support
  • Electronic health record
  • High blood pressure
  • Hypertension
  • Pediatric hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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