Recommendations for research

Recommendations for research

The guideline committee has made the following recommendations for research.

As part of the 2019 update, the guideline committee retained the research recommendations on automated blood pressure monitoring for people with atrial fibrillation and thresholds for interventions in adults aged under 40 from the previous guideline. The committee made additional research recommendations on blood pressure targets for people aged over 80, step 1 treatment, relaxation therapies and accelerated hypertension.

Key recommendations for research

1 Automated blood pressure monitoring in people with atrial fibrillation

Which automated blood pressure monitors are suitable for people with hypertension and atrial fibrillation?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on automated blood pressure monitoring see rationale and impact.

2 Thresholds for interventions in adults aged under 40

In adults aged under 40 with hypertension (with or without type 2 diabetes), what are the appropriate risk and blood pressure thresholds for starting treatment?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on thresholds for interventions in adults aged under 40 see rationale and impact.

3 Blood pressure targets for people aged over 80

What is the optimum blood pressure target for people aged over 80 with treated primary hypertension?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on blood pressure targets for people aged over 80 see rationale and impact.

4 Step 1 treatment

Are there subgroups of people with hypertension who should start on dual therapy?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on step 1 treatment see rationale and impact.

5 Relaxation therapies

What is the clinical and cost effectiveness of relaxation therapies for managing primary hypertension in adults in terms of reducing cardiovascular events and improving quality of life?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on relaxation therapies see rationale and impact.

6 Same-day hospital specialist assessment

Which people with extreme hypertension (220/120 mmHg or higher) or emergency symptoms should be referred for same-day hospital specialist assessment?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on accelerated hypertension see rationale and impact.

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)