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Brief lifestyle interventions for hypertension: Authors' reply

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7457.111-c (Published 08 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:111
  1. Paul Little, professor of primary care research ([email protected]),
  2. Jo Kelly, research assistant,
  3. Jane Barnett, research nurse,
  4. Martina Dorward, research nurse,
  5. Barrie Margetts, senior lecturer in public health nutrition,
  6. Daniel Warm, lecturer in public health nutrition
  1. University of Southampton, Division of Community Clinical Sciences, Primary Medical Care Group, Southampton SO16 5ST
  2. Public Health Nutrition, University of Southampton, Community Clinical Sciences Division, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton SO16 6YD

    EDITOR—Cappuccio's suggestions do not explain the results.

    Nurses measured blood pressure by using semiautomated monitors (minimising measurement bias) and gave structured advice in all groups (minimising placebo effect1 2). Any bias is likely to favour the active interventions, and there was no evidence of this.

    General practitioners and nurses were asked to refer patients after two to three readings, using appropriate …

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