Research Article

Quality of care in managing hypertension by case finding in north west London.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984; 288 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.288.6421.906 (Published 24 March 1984) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984;288:906
  1. G Michael

    Abstract

    The records of patients who were registered with general practice in inner London and outer London (both training and non-training practices) were examined for details of blood pressure recordings. A blood pressure recording was found in the past five years in only 22% of the notes of inner London practices but in 43% of notes in outer London practices, there being no difference between training and non-training practices. In 31% of the notes with a blood pressure recording the blood pressure had been raised (greater than or equal to 160/90) at some time: in 62% of these notes for patients aged 65 or more and in 52% of these notes for patients aged under 65 treatment had been given at some time. Thirty eight per cent of patients in the older group and 33% in the younger group were being treated at the time of the survey, thiazides being the most commonly used drugs. Thirty four per cent of all those with a raised blood pressure at some time had a latest recording of under 90 mm Hg diastolic. There seems to be a continuing need for general practitioners to detect and treat hypertension, and it is suggested that general practitioners should consider using systematic case finding for hypertension in their practices.