Opportunities - Leveraging Implementation and Behavioral Science to Improve Hypertension Management in Older Women by Primary Care Clinicians

Leveraging Implementation and Behavioral Science to Improve Hypertension Management in Older Women by Primary Care Clinicians

University of Alberta


In the last two decades, levels of hypertension awareness and control in Canada were the highest in the world, however, recent data from the Canadian Health Measures Survey indicate a disturbing downward trend, especially in older women (now down to less than 50% controlled). This means greater implementation of evidence-based guidance for hypertension management in clinical practice is essential.

This study will focus on older women with uncontrolled hypertension. The research team will use a systematic process to identify possible contributors and conditions that can lead to full and effective use of evidence-based guidelines into primary care from both the patient and caregiver perspective.

We hope to identify and address the gaps at the patient, provider, clinic, and/or policy level of the healthcare system to help manage, even prevent, hypertension in older women.

The objective is to design theory-informed implementation strategies for key Hypertension Canada guideline recommendations from the patient and clinician perspective for older women at risk of uncontrolled and under-managed hypertension.


Roles and Responsibilities

We would like patient research partners, women (>40 yrs old) with lived experience of hypertension, to join our team and to help direct discussions about which behaviours need to change.

In addition to sharing insights and feedback to the projects priorities and processes in working groups,  there are additional opportunities to collaborate. These include contributing to discussions on interview questions and recruitment strategies, co-facilitating interviews and focus groups with older women,and co-designing the strategies that could address the barriers and behaviour change. These strategies will then be further tested in future studies to identify their impact in the community.

We are looking for patient partners to join this project as co-applicants. Support is available to complete the CCV requirement for this role.


Time Commitment

The project timeline is 12 months and is anticipated to begin January 2022. We anticipate having regular meetings (i.e. every 2 weeks or monthly). The are also 15 interviews/focus groups for patient participants, and a virtual workshop that you would be invited to attend and contribute.



As a patient research partner, we would like to offer an honorarium for your time and contribution to the 12 month project which would be provided at the end of the study period.

This study is a collaboration across Canada and will be hosted virtually so there are no travel costs.


For more information or to apply please connect with:
Dr. Kaitlyn Watson                                                      Dr. Ross Tsuyuki

kewatson@ualberta.ca                                              rtsuyuki@ualberta.ca