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Study: Doctors not always sure when to treat BP in people with diabetes
Date:5/19/2008

Finally, another major factor interfering with a patients chances of getting a treatment adjustment turned out to be somewhat predictable: attention to other issues. If a patients chief reason for coming to the clinic was unrelated to their diabetes or their blood pressure for instance, if they were seeking treatment for pain they were much less likely to receive attention for their blood pressure. The same was true for clinic visits where a patients medications werent discussed.

The team is continuing its study to see how long it takes for patients to get a treatment change. They hope their work will help guide further hypertension guidelines, and standardization of clinic practices. And that, they hope, will help millions of diabetes patients protect their long-term health.


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