124346 - MJA Guideline Digest: Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of hypertension in adults (2016)
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This course provides a digest of the Guideline for the diagnosis and management of hypertension in adults (2016).
The guideline was originally written by The National Heart Foundation of Australia in 2008. An update was completed in 2010. This most recent review was completed in 2016.
An adequate way to organise and deliver care to hypertensive patients has not been clearly identified. Epidemiological studies demonstrate that the benefits of antihypertensive medication have not been translated into day-to-day blood pressure (BP) management. BP goals have been reached in only 25–40% of patients worldwide. As small improvements in BP control can have major public health results, it is important to determine the best way to improve hypertension management.
Although management of hypertension is a daily activity of primary care practitioners, it remains one of the most demanding areas of medicine. Reasons for this include the imprecision of blood pressure measurement, the complexity of assessing cardiovascular risk, and the need to use multiple agents to control blood pressure.