Awareness of hypertension guidelines in general practice: A pilot study in Lombardy

Cesare Cuspidi, Iassen Michev, Barbara Severgnini, Veronica Fusi, Cristiana Valerio, Stefano Meani, Alvaro Vaccarella, Gaetana Palumbo, Maria Lorenza Muiesan, Fabio Magrini, Alberto Zanchetti

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Background. An adequate knowledge of hypertension guidelines by primary care physicians is a fundamental step for the improvement of the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension in the general population. The aim of this study was to evaluate, in a local survey in the northern area of Lombardy, the general practitioners' knowledge of the WHO/ISH guidelines. Methods. A 10-item mail questionnaire based on the 1999 WHO/ISH hypertension guidelines was sent to a sample of 280 primary care physicians. The number of answers in agreement with the guidelines was used as a measure of guidelines knowledge, that was considered adequate if a correct answer to 6 out of 10 questions, in addition to an adequate definition of hypertension, was provided. Results. The analysis was based on 83 returned questionnaires, that means a 29% response rate. Guidelines knowledge was adequate in 23.5% of the total study population and the mean score of correct answers was 5.5 points. A significant negative correlation (r = 0.27, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-63
Number of pages4
JournalItalian Heart Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Guidelines
  • Hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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