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October 6, 1989

Physicians: Check That Blood Pressure

Author Affiliations

New York (NY) Business Group on Health, Inc

New York (NY) Business Group on Health, Inc

JAMA. 1989;262(13):1775-1776. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430130049030

To the Editor.—  As one of the speakers at the 1972 meeting where Elliot Richardson, then Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, launched the National High Blood Pressure Education Program and who over the years has promoted the workplace as an arena for high blood pressure detection and intervention, it has been gratifying to note the progress that has been achieved. Now, the majority of people with high blood pressure are at least aware that they have it and, thanks to advances in treatment, a growing proportion of them have it under control. But the job is not finished.A cornerstone of the program has been the effort to see that a blood pressure check is incorporated into every medical encounter to identify those who are candidates for further evaluation and treatment.I was dismayed, therefore, to note in a recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics1