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The Nurse and Care of the Hypertensive Patient

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Georgetown University School of Medicine, and the Georgetown University Medical Division, District of Columbia General Hospital, Washington, D.C.

Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(6):746. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-84-6-746
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There is no doubt that successful long-term therapy of the hypertensive patient depends absolutely on patient cooperation and compliance. All the advances in therapy are not going to do the patient much good unless he remains under medical care and on therapy. In this issue, Inui, Yourtee, and Williamson (pages 646-651) vividly show us how successful training of physicians not only changes their attitude regarding hypertensive patients but surprisingly also changes their way of dealing with patients. In this study, when the physician deemphasized his role as a diagnostician and reemphasized his role as an educator of the patient, compliance



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