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Letters Overtreating mild hypertension

NHS health checks and QOF increase overtreatment

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 24 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6172
  1. Edmund A Willis, general practitioner1
  1. 1Bridge Street Surgery, Brigg DN20 8NT, UK
  1. ted.willis{at}

GPs in the UK have two options when dealing with the massive numbers of patients who present because of mildly raised blood pressure readings.1

Option 1: we can diligently check the blood pressure many times, discuss lifestyle changes, and arrange regular follow-up, when we will have to go through the whole …

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