A random sample of 200 East Anglian general practitioners was surveyed to establish current trends in the management of hypertension, including measurement of blood pressure (BP), patient investigation, treatment and follow-up.
A total of 125 (62.5%) completed questionnaires was returned.
Responses were used to assess the range of self-reported management practice and the extent of conformity with the British Hypertension Society guidelines.
Although there was a broad spectrum of reported practice, many respondents adhered closely to the guidelines in relation to BP measurement, use of non-pharmacological treatment, treatment goals, choice of drug and patient investigation.
Not surprisingly, the greatest disparity between reported and recommended practice occurred in areas where guidelines have only recently become available : treatment of isolated systolic hypertension and of the elderly hypertensive.
Here, the survey provides a useful baseline against which to monitor future changes in management.
Mots-clés Pascal : Hypertension artérielle, Pratique professionnelle, Surveillance, Traitement, Instruction, Politique sanitaire, Résultat, Homme, Appareil circulatoire pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hypertension, Professional practice, Surveillance, Treatment, Instruction, Health policy, Result, Human, Cardiovascular disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0589176
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 01/03/1996.