Table 2—

For patients with elevated blood pressure, action taken, type of action, or reasons for inaction

All patients with elevated BPElevated BP, “near goal”Elevated BP, “above previous goal”P value
n 478 203 275  
Action taken 167 (34.9) 27 (13.3) 140 (50.9) <0.001 
Type of action*     
    Increasing dose of medication or adding medication 138 (82.6) 18 (66.7) 120 (85.7) 0.017 
    Dietary/lifestyle intervention 41 (24.6) 8 (29.6) 33 (23.6) 0.503 
    Missing 2 (1.2) 1 (3.7) 1 (0.70) NA 
Action not taken 311 (65.1) 176 (86.7) 135 (49.1) <0.001 
Reasons for inaction*     
    BP at or near goal 167 (53.7) 132 (75.0) 35 (25.9) <0.001 
    Competing demands 53 (17.0) 19 (10.8) 34 (25.2) 0.001 
    BP improving 17 (5.5) 7 (4.0) 10 (7.4) 0.187 
    Orthostatic risk 7 (2.3) 4 (2.3) 3 (2.2) NA 
    New or transient increase 54 (17.4) 13 (7.4) 41 (30.4) <0.001 
    Unfamiliar with patient 29 (9.3) 11 (6.3) 18 (13.3) 0.033 
    All other reasons combined 70 (22.5) 22 (12.5) 48 (35.6) <0.001 
All patients with elevated BPElevated BP, “near goal”Elevated BP, “above previous goal”P value
n 478 203 275  
Action taken 167 (34.9) 27 (13.3) 140 (50.9) <0.001 
Type of action*     
    Increasing dose of medication or adding medication 138 (82.6) 18 (66.7) 120 (85.7) 0.017 
    Dietary/lifestyle intervention 41 (24.6) 8 (29.6) 33 (23.6) 0.503 
    Missing 2 (1.2) 1 (3.7) 1 (0.70) NA 
Action not taken 311 (65.1) 176 (86.7) 135 (49.1) <0.001 
Reasons for inaction*     
    BP at or near goal 167 (53.7) 132 (75.0) 35 (25.9) <0.001 
    Competing demands 53 (17.0) 19 (10.8) 34 (25.2) 0.001 
    BP improving 17 (5.5) 7 (4.0) 10 (7.4) 0.187 
    Orthostatic risk 7 (2.3) 4 (2.3) 3 (2.2) NA 
    New or transient increase 54 (17.4) 13 (7.4) 41 (30.4) <0.001 
    Unfamiliar with patient 29 (9.3) 11 (6.3) 18 (13.3) 0.033 
    All other reasons combined 70 (22.5) 22 (12.5) 48 (35.6) <0.001 

Data are n (%). Note that the P value is based on a χ2 test between blood pressure elevation and action (yes or no), i.e., the last two columns.

*

More than one type of action or reason for inaction could be listed. BP, blood pressure.

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