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A study investigating the effect of medication reviews on blood pressure control in patients with hypertension (high blood pressure).



Are your blood pressure tablets working?

Taking part in the OUTREACH study may help you or someone you know.





Get in touch

For more information please contact your nearest participating hospital or email:


Ninewells Hospital [view map]
Kate Cowan, Wendy Urquhart, Dawn Ross, Caroline Hall and Fiona Gowans
tel 0138 238 3119


Glenfield Hospital [view map]
Anne Illsley, Jane Plume and Kris Kenmuir-Hogg
tel 0116 258 3819


Manchester Royal Infirmary [view map]
Sadaf Naveed and Ruth Eatough
tel 0161 276 5753
mob 07812738422






More about OUTREACH

OUTREACH is a clinical trial looking at a review of prescribed medications along with analysis of a urine sample to see how we can help patients with high blood pressure to improve their blood pressure control. No blood sampling is necessary.

This study is funded by the British Heart Foundation and sponsored by The University of Manchester.

The study has been reviewed and approved by Greater Manchester South Research Ethics Committee and the Health Research Authority (IRAS reference 229352).

Why take part?

  • Do you think you may have too many tablets for your high blood pressure?
  • Do you struggle taking all your blood pressure lowering medication on a regular basis?
  • Are you unsure that your medication is needed or working to control your high blood pressure?

Our clinical trial may help you to make the most of your medicines, and enable you to better control your blood pressure without having to take more medications. This could mean that you need to have fewer tests and hospital appointments for your blood pressure in the future.

Why is blood pressure control important?

Having high blood pressure can mean you more likely to develop other potentially serious and life-threatening health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and vascular dementia.

Lowering your high blood pressure by even a small amount can reduce your likelihood of developing these and other health conditions.

Read more about high blood pressure on the NHS website.

Why is this study being conducted?

Understanding the reasons for poor blood pressure control could improve the health and wellbeing of individual patients, avoid unnecessary tests and hospital appointments, and save money for healthcare providers.

Can I take part in the study?

We are looking for adult patients who are receiving treatment for high blood pressure to take part in the OUTREACH study.

You must meet all of the following criteria to join the trial:

  • You are 18 years old or over.
  • You have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.
  • You are taking at least two prescribed medicines to treat high blood pressure.
  • You are able to give informed consent to participating in the study by signing a document.

You won’t be able to join the study if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are unable to monitor your blood pressure at home for seven days.
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • You are planning to conceive within the next 12 months.
What will happen in the study?

Hospital visits

If you agree to participate in the OUTREACH study, you will need to visit the outpatient clinic at your chosen hospital (or have some visits conducted remotely) up to five times over 6 months.

Not everyone will need to make five visits, as some participants will be asked to attend only the first appointment.

Each visit will last for around 30 to 60 minutes. No blood tests are required for the study.

You will be reimbursed for parking and refreshments.

Home monitoring

You will be asked to monitor your blood pressure at home as part of the study. This is a simple procedure that will be explained to you on your hospital visits. All equipment for this will be provided.

Woman measuring her blood pressure