Attitudes and preferences for the clinical management of patients with hypertension and hypertension with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Italy: main results of a survey questionnaire

Giuliano Tocci, Arrigo F. Cicero, Massimo Salvetti, Jasmine Passerini, Maria Beatrice Musumeci, Andrea Ferrucci, Claudio Borghi, Massimo Volpe

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Abstract

Hypertension treatment and control represent a clinical challenge, particularly in case of concomitant risk factors and comorbidities, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). To evaluate attitudes and preferences for the clinical management of hypertension and hypertension associated with COPD by a large community sample of physicians in Italy. A predefined 18-item survey questionnaire was anonymously administered to both specialised physicians (SPs) and general practitioners (GPs), who have been included in an educational programme, performed between January and June 2014. A total of 1181 physicians (767 males, mean age 55.8 ± 7.3 years, average age of medical activity 27.6 ± 8.3 years), among whom 64 (5.4 %) SPs and 1117 (94.6 %) GPs, provided 21,809 valid answers to the survey questionnaire. Concomitant presence of hypertension and COPD was frequently associated (21–40 %) with hypertension-related organ damage and comorbidities. Concomitant presence of hypertension and COPD was able to affect physicians’ ability to achieve the recommended therapeutic targets. To achieve the recommended BP goals, ACE inhibitors or ARBs were considered the most effective antihypertensive strategies, both in monotherapies and in combination therapies with either diuretics or calcium-channel blockers. This observational, cross-sectional survey provides useful information on physicians’ attitudes and preferences for the clinical management of patients with hypertension and hypertension associated with COPD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)943-954
Number of pages12
JournalInternal and Emergency Medicine
Volume10
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2015

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Italy
Hypertension
Physicians
General Practitioners
Comorbidity
Aptitude
Surveys and Questionnaires
Calcium Channel Blockers
Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors
Diuretics
Antihypertensive Agents
Therapeutics
Cross-Sectional Studies

Keywords

  • Blood pressure control
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Clinical survey
  • Hypertension control
  • Hypertension management
  • Observational study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

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Attitudes and preferences for the clinical management of patients with hypertension and hypertension with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Italy : main results of a survey questionnaire. / Tocci, Giuliano; Cicero, Arrigo F.; Salvetti, Massimo; Passerini, Jasmine; Musumeci, Maria Beatrice; Ferrucci, Andrea; Borghi, Claudio; Volpe, Massimo.

In: Internal and Emergency Medicine, Vol. 10, No. 8, 01.12.2015, p. 943-954.

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Tocci, Giuliano ; Cicero, Arrigo F. ; Salvetti, Massimo ; Passerini, Jasmine ; Musumeci, Maria Beatrice ; Ferrucci, Andrea ; Borghi, Claudio ; Volpe, Massimo. / Attitudes and preferences for the clinical management of patients with hypertension and hypertension with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Italy : main results of a survey questionnaire. In: Internal and Emergency Medicine. 2015 ; Vol. 10, No. 8. pp. 943-954.
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