Do clinicians tell patients they have prehypertension?

Journal Article (Letter)

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.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.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.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

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-7118

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1557-2625

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3122/jabfm.2011.01.100206


  • eng