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Management of hypertension in general practice - a qualitative needs assessment of Australian GPs.
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PMID:  22558624     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Background This study aimed to identify strategies to improve the management of hypertension in general practice. Methods Four focus groups (25 general practitioners and general practice registrars) were conducted, recorded and transcribed. Common emerging themes were analysed by an iterative thematic process. Results Four main themes were identified: uncertainty about blood pressure measurement, achieving consensus in practice, accommodating patient differences and addressing systematic barriers. General practitioners want a more standardised approach to measuring and interpreting blood pressure with consistent, valid readings taken on one device that accurately measures patients blood pressure in the 'real world'. General practitioners want to be upskilled in specific areas related to hypertension management. Discussion To facilitate improvements in blood pressure management, the most pressing needs of this group of GPs is to reduce the uncertainty surrounding the measurement and interpretation of blood pressure readings. This study has identified that sections of existing hypertension guidelines need to be reviewed and implemented.
Faline Howes; Emily Hansen; Mark Nelson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian family physician     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0300-8495     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust Fam Physician     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0326701     Medline TA:  Aust Fam Physician     Country:  Australia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  317-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
BMedSc, MBBS(Hons), MPH, FRACGP, is a PhD candidate - General Practice, Menzies Research Institute Tasmania, University of Tasmania.
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