Letters

Patient centred approach may help in hypertension

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7380.103 (Published 11 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:103
  1. Tom Lewis, Foulkes Foundation fellow (lewista@ntlworld.com),
  2. Richard Woof, lecturer in general practice
  1. Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham B29 6JD
  2. Department of General Practice, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT

    EDITOR—Benson and Britten examined why patients choose to take drug treatment for hypertension and expose the ambivalence some people feel about pharmaceutical intervention for chronic disease.1 We have recently completed a study looking at the reasons a notable proportion of diagnosed hypertensive patients does not return for follow up appointments.

    We identified 35 such non-returners in populations from three general practices in Worcester, Droitwich, and Exmouth (approximately 5% of the hypertension registers). Eleven of these patients (age …

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