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Barriers to and strategies for effective blood pressure control

Authors David Siegel

Published 15 April 2005 Volume 2005:1(1) Pages 9—14


David Siegel1,2

1Medical Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, Northern California Health Care System, Mather, CA, USA; 2Department of Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA, USA

Abstract: There are major differences between the current knowledge of the treatment of cardiac conditions derived from evidence-based medicine and the widespread application of this knowledge. This is particularly true in the treatment of hypertension. Hypertension is the most common chronic cardiovascular condition, affecting more than 50 million Americans and approximately 1 billion individuals worldwide. However, many hypertensive patients are not receiving treatment, and of those that are, many are not adequately controlled. There is evidence that there are methods to improve blood pressure control and improve compliance with expert recommendations for the treatment of hypertension. These methods range from local initiatives such as academic detailing to national performance measures as have been developed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. A challenge for the future will be to identify and broadly apply these and other programs to improve the quality and efficiency of hypertensive treatment.
Keywords: academic detailing, antihypertensives, hypertension, medication prescribing

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