Objective: To investigate prescribing habits, educational approaches and perceived needs of general practitioners in the drug treatment of hypertension. Design, setting and participants: Of 156 randomly selected South Australian general practitioners 132 responded to a questionnaire survey. Main findings: Diuretics are the most commonly chosen drug for the initial management of uncomplicated moderate hypertension. Equivalent patients aged 45, 60 and 75 years would be prescribed a diuretic as drug of first choice in 41%, 55% and 68% of cases respectively. Despite this, there are wide differences in the choice of initial therapy between individual practitioners. These differences can have a substantial cost impact, given that in Australia the cost of diuretic therapy for one month can be as low as $1.97 compared with $34.08 for standard angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor therapy for one month. There was also a perceived need, and demand, for patient education materials to assist practitioners in the drug treatment of hypertension.
|Medical Journal of Australia
|Published - 1 Jan 1992