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The Mentakab Hypertension Study Project Part VI--Blood pressure measurement and hypertension: a questionnaire survey of medical staff.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1621120     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A questionaire concerning various aspects of blood pressure measurement and hypertension was answered by 84 out of 98 (86%) doctors and 73 out of 100 (73%) nurses working in various parts of the state of Pahang. 59% and 85% of doctors and nurses respectively agreed that blood pressure should be measured routinely in all out-patients. 48% of medical staff were taught to use and 38% were actually using phase 4 as the diastolic blood pressure despite the general agreement that phase 5 should be used to denote diastolic pressure. 52% of doctors believed that hypertensive patients present with symptoms, the common symptoms cited were headache and dizziness, although it is well documented that hypertension is essentially asymptomatic. 93%, 80%, 69% and 82% of doctors believed that treatment of hypertension can prevent cerebrovascular disease, heart failure, renal failure and coronary artery disease respectively, although prevention of the last complication is yet unproven. Most doctors would begin treating a patient at rather low level of blood pressure, for example, for a man in the age group 40-49, 40% of doctors would begin drug treatment at diastolic pressure of 90 mmHg and 55% at diastolic pressure 95 mmHg. 79% of nurses and 55% of doctors were dissatisfied with the sphygmomanometer they have, the most common complaint was that the cuff-bladder 'blow up' on being inflated.
T O Lim
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Singapore medical journal     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0037-5675     ISO Abbreviation:  Singapore Med J     Publication Date:  1992 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-08-05     Completed Date:  1992-08-05     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404516     Medline TA:  Singapore Med J     Country:  SINGAPORE    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  160-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Hospital Daerah Mentakab, Pahang, Malaysia.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Blood Pressure Determination*
Hospitals, General
Hypertension / diagnosis*,  therapy
Medical Staff, Hospital / psychology*
Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
Patient Compliance
Private Practice

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