Do clinicians tell patients they have prehypertension?

Journal Article (Letter)

BACKGROUND: the clinical utility of the prehypertension label is questionable. We sought to estimate how often patients with prehypertension are being told about it by their primary care clinicians. METHODS: we conducted a cross-sectional study of adult patients visiting practices within the North Carolina Family Medicine Research Network in summer 2008. Non-hypertensive patients were asked whether a doctor or other health care provider had ever told them they had "prehypertension"; a subsample of patients with measured blood pressure (BP) in the prehypertension range was asked the same question. RESULTS: of 1008 non-hypertensive patients, 1.9% indicated being told they had prehypertension. Among a subsample of 102 patients with measured BP in the prehypertension range, 2.0% indicated being told they had prehypertension. CONCLUSION: few patients who probably have prehypertension are being told about it by clinicians.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Viera, AJ; Bangura, F; Mitchell, CM; Cerna, A; Sloane, P

Published Date

  • January 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 117 - 118

PubMed ID

  • 21209353

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3814021

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-7118

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3122/jabfm.2011.01.100206


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States