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Doctors often overlook heart failure guidelines, study shows

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39601.678796.DB (Published 05 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1270
  1. David Pountney
  1. 1London

    Evidence based guidelines for managing heart disease are often not followed by GPs and specialist doctors, a recent meta-analysis has shown (European Heart Journal 2008; doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehn196). Geographical differences in the care given to patients were also identified.

    The study group randomly surveyed doctors in nine European countries, including the United Kingdom. Of the 6887 replies received 2041 were from cardiologists, 1881 were from internists and geriatricians, and 2965 were from primary care doctors.

    The lead author, Willem Remme, of the Sticares Cardiovascular Research Foundation, in Rhoon, the Netherlands, described the findings as …

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