CME Course

The World Health Organization (WHO) 2021 Guideline for the Pharmacological Treatment of Hypertension in the Adult: Clinical Implications

This activity will review and discuss the important clinical implications of The 2021 WHO Guideline for the Pharmacological Treatment of Hypertension in the Adult.

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Target Audience

Healthcare providers of all specialties may benefit from the information presented.

Goals and Objectives

This activity will review and discuss the important clinical implications of The 2021 WHO Guideline for the Pharmacological Treatment of Hypertension in the Adult.  The recommendations include guidance on the blood pressure treatment thresholds and targets once medications have been started including in the general population and considerations in individuals with known cardiovascular disease (CVD), high CVD risk, diabetes mellitus, and chronic kidney disease.

Recommendations are also presented as to the classes of antihypertensive medications to be used and consideration of starting two antihypertensive medications in the initial treatment step of the newly diagnosed individual with hypertension.  Further recommendations are made regarding the visit follow-up intervals while intensifying medication treatment and once hypertension control is achieved.  Finally, recommendations are made regarding obtaining baseline laboratories and CVD risk assessment and the utilization of team-based care. At the conclusion of this activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Review the recommendations of the 2021 WHO Guideline for the Pharmacological Treatment of Hypertension in the Adult;
  • Discuss the clinical practice implications to the diagnosis and management of hypertension in the primary care setting of the WHO Guideline for the Pharmacological Treatment of Hypertension in the adult. 

Course Information

CME Release Date:  July 7, 2022
Valid for credit through:  July 6, 2023
Course type: Video Course
Estimated time of completion: 43 minutes

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 Internet Activity Enduring Material for a maximum of . 75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. 

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals
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.
  • Login in below to study the educational content and references.
  • Complete the attestation, post-test (if applicable), and evaluation.

Upon successful completion of these components, your certificate will be processed and emailed from customerservice@sma.org within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

Southern Medical Association (SMA) requires instructors, planners, managers, and all other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose conflicts of interest (COI) with ineligible entities within the last 24 months of the development of this activity. All identified COIs are thoroughly vetted and mitigated prior to the release of the activity. SMA is committed to providing its learners with high quality activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

The following individuals have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Dr. DiPette did not report any financial relationships or conflicts of interest.

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