John R. Caldwell, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Dasja de Jongh, M.S.W.; Sidney Cobb, M.D.; Monroe D. Dowling, M.D.
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Hypertension, like diabetes, requires lifelong medical supervision. A substantial proportion of patients drop out of treatment. To discover why, 66 patients were evaluated medically and in terms of social-emotional factors. Data were gathered from medical records and personal interviews. An "emergency" group of 42 patients had had a hypertensive emergency after discontinuing treatment. The "control" group of 24 patients had had prolonged consistent treatment with good control of their disease.
The pretreatment severity of disease was found to be comparable for both groups as determined by degree of retinopathy, presence of left ventricular hypertrophy, level of serum creatinine, and basal
Caldwell JR, de Jongh D, Cobb S, Dowling MD. A Pilot Study of Social and Emotional Factors Influencing a Patient's Ability to Follow an Antihypertensive Program.. Ann Intern Med. ;66:1035. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-66-5-1035_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(5):1035.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Hypertension, Nephrology.
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