Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, February 6th, 2005
According to a study from the United States, "Despite the widespread availability of evidence-based guidelines for treating hypertension, recent evidence suggests that physicians may not be prescribing first-line drugs for their patients with high blood pressure. Using administrative claims data from 1998 through 2000, this study investigates Whether drug treatment provided to 6,736 hypertensive patients in a privately insured, non-HMO population follows practice guidelines. The authors also examine physician and patient-related factors associated with guideline adherence in a...
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