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Sources of error in recording the blood pressure of patients with hypertension in general practice.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6439369     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Sources of error in recording the blood pressures of patients with hypertension in general practice were examined for 1072 patients over two and a half years. A highly significant preference for terminal digit 0 was shown, but terminal digit preference operates in a different manner around important thresholds. Doctors did not adhere consistently to the protocol that they accepted. These sources of bias affect the calculations of mean blood pressure and have considerable implications for decisions about treatment for many patients.
H R Patterson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British medical journal (Clinical research ed.)     Volume:  289     ISSN:  0267-0623     ISO Abbreviation:  Br Med J (Clin Res Ed)     Publication Date:  1984 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-02-06     Completed Date:  1985-02-06     Revised Date:  2008-11-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8302911     Medline TA:  Br Med J (Clin Res Ed)     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1661-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure Determination*
Diagnostic Errors
Family Practice
Great Britain
Hypertension / diagnosis*
Middle Aged

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