Welcome to this module on Managing Hypertension in Primary Care. The purpose of the module is to support General Practitioners in diagnosis and management of hypertension in line with current guidelines for best practice. It has been developed in collaboration with the Dept. of General Practice, NUI Galway. Access to this site is restricted to qualified General Practitioners and the website requires registration and an enrolment key which is provided by the ICGP.

Module Overview

External CPD Credits: 2
GMS Study Leave: 1/3 day
No. of Lessons: 4 
MCQ Assessment
Certificate of Completion


This eLearning module is divided into 4 lessons. Each lesson comprises a video presentation conveying the core-material, approximately 10 minutes long. Supplementary lessons, where non-core material is presented, and relevant printable and downloadable material are also included. 
Dept. of General Practice, NUI Galway
The discipline of general practice began as an academic department in 1997 with the appointment of a Foundation Chair of General Practice (Andrew W Murphy). From small beginnings, we are now the largest single discipline of general practice on the island of Ireland. We aim to become, with the support of our University colleagues and our partners in the HSE West, the leading national and a recognised international academic centre of excellence in general practice and primary care. 
A.Menarini Pharmaceuticals Ireland Limited
Development of this module was funded by an unrestricted educational grant from A. Menarini Pharmaceuticals Ireland


        The four lessons include:
        • Lesson 1: Diagnosing Hypertension 
          This lesson highlights some epidemiological data on the prevalence of hypertension. It also outlines a stepwise process for diagnosis of hypertension. 
        • Lesson 2: Non-Therapeutic Options for Management of Hypertension 
          This lesson focuses mainly on the impact of cardiovascular risk factors and on strategies for risk factor reduction or elimination. 
        • Lesson 3: Therapeutic Options 
          This lesson summarises the current NICE guidelines on the use of pharmacotherapy in the management of hypertension. 
        • Lesson 4: Adherence 
          This lesson highlights the problem of poor adherence to treatment and reviews some options for improving adherence. 
        • Clinical Cases 
          This supplementary resource contains full versions of the scenarios used in this module. They are carried out by GPs with an interest in hypertension, who give their thoughts on the case at the end of each scenario. 

The Medical Council has defined eight domains of good professional practice. These domains describe a framework of competencies applicable to all doctors across the continuum of professional development from formal medical education and training through to maintenance of professional competence. Since they describe the outcomes which doctors should strive to achieve, doctors should refer to these domains throughout the process of maintaining competence. In order to assist you in planning your professional competence, ICGP eLearning highlight the domains addressed in each module as set out below. 
NOTE: While a number of ICGP modules have a tight focus on one or two domains, most modules endeavour to address all domains to some degree (low, medium, high). This is clearly displayed in the diagram below

The following resources are provided to support this eLearning course and to provide you with information for patients. Many are also available within the associated lesson.
Patient Resources
  • Step-by-Step Through Heart Medicines, IHF [ download ]
  • Manage your Blood Pressure [ download ]
Supplementary Resources
  • Ambulatory and Home BP measurement
  • Ambulatory BP Measurement
  • Circadian BP Patterns
  • National Cardiovascular Health Policy
  • Making Chronic Conditions Count
  • European Guidelines on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Clinical Practice 2012
  • NICE Clinical Management of Primary Hypertension in Adults, Quick Reference
  • NICE 'do not do' recommendations
  • NICE Management of Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy

Last modified: Friday, 27 November 2015, 12:41 PM