Grants awarded

STRatifying Antihypertensive Treatments In multi-morbid hypertensives for personalised management of Blood Pressure (STRATIFY-BP)

Grantholder:

Dr James Sheppard

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

People are living for longer with more long-term physical and mental conditions which require medication. One example is people with high blood pressure who may end up taking three or four drugs to prevent stroke. As these drugs only reduce the possibility of stroke and they also have side-effects such as kidney problems, they may be doing more harm than good.

I will use information from the medical records from more than 100,000 patients to establish the link between drugs that lower blood pressure and their side-effects and develop a calculator which predicts a person’s risk of suffering harm.

This information will be used to create a support tool that can help patients and doctors make better informed decisions about starting or continuing drugs.