Rhonda M. Cooper-DeHoff, Pharm.D., M.S., is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy. Dr. Cooper-DeHoff’s area of research interest include hypertension and cardiovascular disease pharmacogenetics, as well as the factors that influence outcomes with antihypertensive and cardiovascular treatments. She also has interest in the area of antihypertensive drug use and adverse metabolic effects including diabetes, as well as the area of dietary supplements. In total, she has over 200 publications and many have been of high impact, helping to define demographic, clinical, metabolic, metabolomic and genetic and pharmacogenetic factors associated with responses to antihypertensive drugs and cardiovascular outcomes with antihypertensive therapy. She is currently conducting research in the area of ‘big data’ science including the use of EHR data from multiple health systems to conduct real world longitudinal surveillance of important blood pressure control and process metrics, as well as preemptive pharmacogenetics testing in multiple therapeutic areas.
Tracking BP Control Performance and Process Metrics in 25 US Health Systems
BP control (<140/90 mmHg), calculated using real-world data from 25 health systems across the US, averaged 62%, and there was substantial variation by health system (range 44%-74%). A new class of antihypertensive medication was prescribed in only 12% (range 0.6%-25%) of patient visits where BP was uncontrolled BP. When a medication intensification event occurred, subsequent SBP was 15 ± 20 mm Hg lower on average (range 5-18 mm Hg). Major opportunities exist for improving BP control and reducing disparities.