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Effects of a screening program for hypertension in a community.
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PMID:  2048368     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The effect of a population screening for hypertension was assessed through a subsequent survey performed 1 year later. All the hypertensives identified at the first visit (239 subjects, 15.6% of the whole screened population) were invited for a re-examination: the adhesion rate was 84.5%. After the screening, a high proportion of subjects (74.7%) had contacted their physicians because of their blood pressure. The most common advice physicians gave was to have further measurements of blood pressure (72.8%). Laboratory tests were prescribed in 62 patients (41.1%), but a complete assessment of a target organ damage was carried out in few cases (1.9%). Only 19.5% of patients started a course of treatment during the year following the screening and no more than one-third of those with moderate to severe hypertension. Out of the 176 subjects showing other cardiovascular risk factors at the screening, only 12 reported they had modified their habits 1 year later. Our results suggest that a screening for hypertension, when performed without any liaison with other medical facilities, seems to have a poor impact on physicians' and patients' attitudes towards hypertension.
M Radice; C Alli; F Avanzini; M Di Tullio; D Guiducci; G Mariotti; E Taioli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta cardiologica     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0001-5385     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Cardiol     Publication Date:  1991  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-07-18     Completed Date:  1991-07-18     Revised Date:  2009-06-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370570     Medline TA:  Acta Cardiol     Country:  BELGIUM    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  207-13     Citation Subset:  IM    
Istituto di Scienze Biomediche Bassini, University of Milan, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Antihypertensive Agents / therapeutic use*
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Attitude to Health*
Blood Pressure / physiology
Hypertension / epidemiology*,  physiopathology,  prevention & control,  psychology
Italy / epidemiology
Mass Screening*
Middle Aged
Risk Factors
Time Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antihypertensive Agents

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