Funding for this research was provided by:
Chief Scientist Office, Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorate (CZH/4/1135)
Received: 7 September 2020
Accepted: 26 January 2021
First Online: 10 February 2021
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: This study was approved by the East of England–Cambridge South Research Ethics Committee (16/EE/0058). Patients participating in telemonitoring provided written informed consent for their data to be analysed. Anonymised data from comparator patients in the same practices was unconsented. Permission for the anonymised data to be analysed within the NHS Safe Haven was provided by the local Caldecott Guardian on the grounds of patient benefit.
: Not applicable.
: BM is supported by the Scottish Government in relation to their plans to scale up telemonitoring for hypertension across Scotland. BM, RP, and JH have received funding for a follow-up study to this one, with the aim of building a “Scottish observatory to measure the impact of blood pressure telemonitoring and future cardiovascular risk reduction interventions”, funded by the British Heart Foundation. BM and ASh are in receipt of funding for an unrelated hypertension telemonitoring study of people with stroke. ASt has received research funding for this study and another trial of Telehealth for Blood Pressure. HP has received funding in the last 3 years from the European EIT Digital fund to develop an app for BP management. RP is partly supported in this work by NHS Lothian via the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit. All other authors declare no support from any organisation for the submitted work; no financial relationships with any organisations that might have an interest in the submitted work in the previous 3 years; no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.