Clinical Inertia and Blood Pressure Goal Attainment
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2009
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The Journal of Clinical Hypertension
Special Issue: Gaps in the Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (ARB) Knowledge Base
Volume 11, Issue Supplement s12, pages S5–S12, December 2009
How to Cite
Basile, J. (2009), Clinical Inertia and Blood Pressure Goal Attainment. The Journal of Clinical Hypertension, 11: S5–S12. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7176.2009.00210.x
- Issue published online: 10 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 18 NOV 2009
Optimal blood pressure (BP) control is still not being achieved for the majority of patients with hypertension. Although the topic of patient adherence to health care practitioner recommendations is less than desirable and medication noncompliance adds to the cost of health care, another issue that affects the ability to attain optimal BP control is therapeutic, or clinical, inertia, which is the failure of health care providers to initiate or intensify therapy when indicated. This paper will discuss therapeutic inertia and other issues that prevent BP goal attainment.