South Australian hypertension survey. General practitioner knowledge and reported management practices - A cause for concern?

I. D. Steven, D. H. Wilson, M. A. Wakefield, J. Beilby, G. A. Coffey, A. J. Esterman, A. P. Golding, N. M.H. Graham, J. C.B. Litt, R. A. Rohrsheim

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Abstract

Objective: To survey South Australian general practitioners to investigate their knowledge and reported management of patients with hypertension. Design setting and participants: Of 156 randomly selected SA general practitioners 132 responded to a questionnaire survey. Results: This survey showed substantial differences between general practitioners in their knowledge about hypertension and in their reported practices for diagnostic levels investigations to be undertaken once diagnosis had been made levels at which pharmaceutical treatment should be initiated at which level treatment was regarded as having attained satisfactory control and length of time for routine review. There was also a demand for materials to be provided to assist in the management of this important condition. Conclusions: There is a perceived need for better and more appropriate educational materials and a need for a different approach to try and reduce the reported variability in management of patients with hypertension by general practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-428
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Volume156
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes

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    Steven, I. D., Wilson, D. H., Wakefield, M. A., Beilby, J., Coffey, G. A., Esterman, A. J., Golding, A. P., Graham, N. M. H., Litt, J. C. B., & Rohrsheim, R. A. (1992). South Australian hypertension survey. General practitioner knowledge and reported management practices - A cause for concern? Medical Journal of Australia, 156(6), 423-428.