Goals and Objectives

This activity will serve to enhance the skills of those already working in women’s health as well as help develop new skills for those expanding their work to include more primary care and office obstetrics and gynecology.

Evidenced-based medicine continues to be updated with regard to the clinical management of hypertension. New clinical trials, such as the SPRINT and HOPE-3 trials, which have clinical practice implications have recently been reported. Presently, a practice gap exists as to the awareness, implications, and controversies of these new trials as related to the treatment of hypertension. During this session, a review of the design and results of the SPRINT and HOPE-3 studies and their potential impact on hypertension guidelines and the clinical management of the hypertensive patient will be presented.

The recent recommendations of the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC-8) guidelines in the treatment of hypertension and how new data may change these previous recommendations and impact the clinical management of the hypertensive patient, especially in the primary care setting, also will be discussed. At the conclusion of the session, learners should be able to:

  • Identify the design and results of the SPRINT and HOPE-3 studies and their potential impact on hypertension guidelines and the clinical management of the hypertensive patient;
  • Recognize the recent recommendations of the JNC-8 committee guidelines in the treatment of hypertension and how new data may change the previous recommendations and impact the clinical management of the hypertensive patient.

Course Information

CME Release Date: August 04th, 2017
Valid for credit through:  August 04th, 2018
Course type:  Video lecture
Sponsored in part by:  SMA Services, Inc.


Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.


Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • Study the educational content and references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon completion of the evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed within 2 weeks.  Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you can contact Southern Medical Association for a duplicate copy of your credit.

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