For the first time, a detailed study has been carried out on the real world of people suffering from high blood pressure, involving the doctors who are directly in contact with them, who shoulder the responsibility of the diagnosis and make the decisions about treatment.
Data were collected from fifty-eight patients diagnosed and monitored in the clinics by twenty-nine specialist physicians who supplied information about the diagnostic work-up, the follow-up and the therapy.
The data were collected using an online questionnaire and were processed statistically.
The result is a cross-section of interesting and original results, featuring a number of peaks of excellence and various troughs of negative criticality, which call for reflection and for decisions on action to be taken. The figures are hence useful for both clinicians and epidemiologists and all those who are involved with medical governance.
S. Maria Nuova Hospital, Italy
University of Siena, Italy
University of Florence, Italy