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How do minor changes in the definition of blood pressure control affect the reported success of hypertension treatment?

Authors
  • Green, Beverly B
  • Kaplan, Robert C
  • Psaty, Bruce M
Type
Published Article
Journal
The American journal of managed care
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2003
Volume
9
Issue
3
Pages
219–224
Identifiers
PMID: 12643339
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

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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