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December 5, 2017

The 2017 Clinical Practice Guideline for High Blood Pressure

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Epidemiology, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2Department of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 3Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville
JAMA. 2017;318(21):2073-2074. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.18209

Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are well suited to the management of high blood pressure (BP) because it is a condition that is common, costly for patients and society, exhibits considerable variation in practice patterns and hypertension control rates by geographic region and socioeconomic status, and has a substantial body of scientific evidence available to support recommendations.1 BP-related CPGs have long been a part of routine clinical practice, beginning with the 1977 Report of the Joint National Committee (JNC) on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.2