Why do we overtreat hypertension?

Spence, Des
September 2012
BMJ: British Medical Journal (Overseas & Retired Doctors Edition;9/15/2012, Vol. 345 Issue 7874, p49
Academic Journal
The article describes the author's views on overtreatment of disorder like high blood pressure. He states that even after clear guidelines which recommend treating hypertension only after a risk assessment using the QRisk algorithm, many doctors are ignoring this advice and treat according to blood pressure readings. According to the author, doctors do not look at the risk, because it is simpler to intervene early and involve everyone rather than getting criticised later.


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