BP control. Improvement in a university medical clinic by use of a physician's associate.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Many hypertensive patients, especially those in outpatient clinics at large teaching hospitals, do not achieve BP control. We incorporated a physician's associate into an existing house staff medical clinic and evaluated whether this improved BP control. In patients with moderate or severe hypertension, BP control was achieved in 56% of patients observed by both the physician's associate and the house staff and in 32% of patients observed solely by house staff. Possible contributing factors were more frequent follow-up, simplification of drug regimens, reduced waiting time, more time spent with the patients, and overall greater satisfaction with the physician's associate. We conclude that the addition of a physician's associate to an outpatient clinic is an effective method for enhancing BP control. This can be achieved without establishing a separate hypertension clinic or depriving house staff of experience in the management of hypertension.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hla, KM; Feussner, JR; Blessing-Feussner, CL; Neelon, FA; Linfors, EW; Starmer, CF; McKee, PA

Published Date

  • May 1, 1983

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 143 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 920 - 923

PubMed ID

  • 6148049

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-9926

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/archinte.143.5.920


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States