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Letters Hypertension in octogenerians

Evidence supports the need to offer treatment as part of shared decision making

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 31 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e727
  1. Louisa Polak, general practitioner1
  1. 1Colchester CO1 1DZ, UK
  1. louisa.polak{at}

Beckett and colleagues state that their results support “the need to start treatment” in octogenarians with raised blood pressure.1 Because shared decision making is widely accepted as the way to practise, it would be more accurate to talk of supporting the need to offer such people treatment. Few would …

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