How do minor changes in the definition of blood pressure control affect the reported success of hypertension treatment?
- Published Article
The American journal of managed care
- Publication Date
Mar 01, 2003
When evaluating the success of hypertension treatment, defining BP control as a BP of < or = 140 mm Hg systolic and < or = 90 diastolic mm Hg will result in significantly more people having controlled BP than when <140 mm Hg systolic and <90 mm Hg diastolic are used. This difference is most likely the result of end-digit preference. The use of multiple measures reduces this effect. Policy makers and guideline authors should consider these aspects when setting BP goals.
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