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 - Mar 1985

    Research areas

  • 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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