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The TEMPLAR (TEleMonitoring of blood Pressure in Local phARmacies) Project


Rationale of the Project

The recent introduction of second-level services in Pharmacy, has resulted in the gradual diffusion of some techniques, which, under medical supervision, have enormous potential in improving screening, prevention and control of the most common chronic diseases. Among these services, 24-hour and home blood pressure monitoring are the most commonly available. The introduction of blood pressure monitoring in Pharmacy, under medical prescription, supervision and reporting, plays an important scientific role. As a matter of fact, the collected data can be useful for taking a picture of the status of the blood pressure control in a setting different from that of the Hospital or Hypertension Clinic. These data can also help to evaluate the usefulness of such a service in terms of improvement of public health and as a support to Doctor’s intervention.


The aim of the project is to assess the level of blood pressure control in patients undergoing 24-hour or home blood pressure monitoring through Pharmacies enabled for this service in accordance with the current local laws. Specific objectives of the project are: a) to verify whether such a service is really useful in terms of hypertension screening, b) to assess the real blood pressure control of hypertensive patients pharmacologically treated, c) to typify the degree of blood pressure control according to the main demographic and clinical characteristics of the subjects.


This is an observational, cross-sectional, multicenter study involving Pharmacies spread all over Italy. These Pharmacies already make use of a telemonitoring and telereporting system based on 24-hour and home blood pressure monitoring, with centralized data collection. The service is developed in accordance with the rules governing the second-level services payable in Pharmacy (DL 03/10/2009 n. 153 and DM 16/12/2010) and with the legislation on protection of personal data (DL 30/06/2003 n. 196). The service is provided in accordance with the current Guidelines of the Italian Society of Hypertension and the European Society of Hypertension and is managed by Doctors expert of the methodology. The service is offered to patients upon payment and the test is prescribed by the General Practitioner (referring physician of the patient). The data collected as part of the service provided by the single Pharmacies are analyzed for the purposes of the Project. The project foresees the analysis of blood pressure recordings and clinical data of subjects of both sexes, aged ≥ 18 years, undergoing a 24-hour or home blood pressure monitoring because of a suspected hypertension (patients not pharmacologically treated) or to verify the degree of blood pressure control with antihypertensive drug therapy (patients under treatment).

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