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Br J Gen Pract. 1999 Dec;49(449):987-8.

How accurately do primary health care professionals use cardiovascular risk tables in the management of hypertension?

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  • 1Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol.


It has been suggested that use of cardiovascular risk tables in hypertensive patients might improve clinical management. As part of a randomised controlled trial, we evaluated the accuracy of health professionals' use of the New Zealand risk tables in primary care consultations. Chance-corrected agreement between health professionals' assessments of absolute risk was only moderate (weighted kappa = 0.56 at the 12-month follow-up). Inaccurate use of cardiovascular risk tables may be a barrier to effective implementation of research evidence in the management of hypertension.

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