How you can use the evidence to improve your patients’ outcomes
The most recent edition of Heart Foundation guidelines for the management of hypertension is an evidence-based and practical guide for doctors.1 It is self-evident that clinical guidelines need to be used by doctors if they are to improve population health outcomes. Despite publication of multiple editions of the hypertension guidelines, blood pressure (BP) control in Australia is less than ideal.2 The reasons for this are varied, and include health system, doctor and patient factors.3
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