Nurse management of hypertension clinics in general practice assisted by a computer

J Kenkre, V W Drury, Robert J. Lancashire

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In this study 377 patients with hypertension from four general practices were referred to a nurse for care. A management protocol was agreed by all participating doctors and programmed into a microcomputer. Three practices representing approximately 80% of the total patients had a computer-assisted care programme and there is no evidence that this improved their care. Three-quarters of the patients had reached their target diastolic blood pressure by the end of the study compared with 50% at the beginning. The proportion of patients with normal weights for their heights increased, and almost one-fifth of those patients who admitted to smoking at the onset subsequently stated that they had stopped. Patients and doctors were satisfied with the system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalFamily Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1985


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antihypertensive Agents
  • Body Weight
  • Computers
  • Family Practice
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension
  • Male
  • Microcomputers
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Patient Dropouts
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Comparative Study
  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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