Women and older people less likely to receive β blockers for heart failure, study finds

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 27 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b235
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    Many patients with heart failure are not prescribed β blockers, receive suboptimal doses of drugs, or are prescribed drugs with no proved effectiveness, according to research in primary care (Family Practice 2009 Jan 19, doi:10.1093/fampra/cmn105).

    The study, which looked at the treatment of heart failure in British general practices, also found that women, older people, and people from lower socioeconomic groups are less likely to be prescribed β blockers.

    “Key findings from the study are that many patients appear to receive suboptimal dosing so the potential benefits of reduced morbidity and mortality may not be fully achieved, and that …

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