OPtimising Treatment for MIld Systolic hypertension in the Elderly (OPTiMISE): protocol for a randomised controlled non-inferiority trial

James Sheppard, Jenni Burt, Mark Lown, Eleanor Temple, John Benson, G Ford, C Henegan, F D Richard Hobbs, Sue Jowett, P Little, Jonathan Mant, Jill Mollison, Alecia Nickless, Emma Ogburn, R Payne, Marney Williams, Ly-Mee Yu, Richard McManus

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Introduction: Recent evidence suggests that larger blood pressure reductions and multiple antihypertensive drugs may be harmful in older people, particularly frail individuals with polypharmacy and multi-morbidity. However, there is a lack of evidence to support de-prescribing of antihypertensives, which limits the practice of medication reduction in routine clinical care. The aim of this trial is to examine whether antihypertensive medication reduction is possible in older patients without significant changes in blood pressure control at follow-up. Methods and analysis: This trial will use a Primary Care based, open label, randomised controlled trial design. A total of 540 participants will be recruited, aged ≥80 years, with systolic blood pressure <150 mmHg and receiving ≥2 antihypertensive medications. Participants will have no compelling indication for medication continuation and will be considered to potentially benefit from medication reduction due to existing polypharmacy, co-morbidity and frailty. Following a baseline appointment, individuals will be randomised to a strategy of medication reduction (intervention) with optional self-monitoring or usual care (control). Those in the intervention group will have one antihypertensive medication stopped. The primary outcome will be to determine if a reduction in medication can achieve a proportion of participants with clinically safe blood pressure levels at 12 week follow-up (defined as a systolic blood pressure <150mmHg) which is non-inferior (within 10%) to that achieved by the usual care group. Qualitative interviews will be used to understand the barriers and facilitators to medication reduction. The study will use economic modelling to predict the long term effects of any observed changes in blood pressure and quality-of-life. Ethics and dissemination: The protocol and written information has been approved by a Research Ethics Committee, medicines regulatory authority (MHRA), and national and local health research authorities. All research outputs will be published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere022930
JournalBMJ open
Early online date4 Oct 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Oct 2018


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