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April 1981

Attitudes of Physicians Concerning Controversial Issues in Hypertension

Author Affiliations

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Arch Intern Med. 1981;141(5):571. doi:10.1001/archinte.1981.00340050023005

Ten years ago, Modern Medicine, under the editorship of Irvine H. Page, distributed questionnaires regarding the definition, workup, and management of hypertension to 209,000 physicians, 6,747 (3.2%) of whom responded.1 In light of the report of the Joint National Committee (JNC) on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure,2 the Food and Drug Administration and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute conducted a similar nationwide survey at the end of 1977. Questionnaires were sent to a representative sample of 6,679 physicians, 2,968 (44.7%) of whom completed them.3 Recently, on a local basis, we distributed questionnaires concerning comparable issues to 800 physicians, and, of the ones returned, 344 (43%) were analyzed.4

There were differences in the composition of the three survey populations. Thus, questionnaires were distributed to all physicians in the Modern Medicine poll, to general practitioners, internists, and cardiologists in the FDA survey. In our

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