Group discussions with the health care team--a method of improving care of hypertension in general practice

J Hum Hypertens. 1990 Jun;4(3):265-8.


A management-by-objective approach was used by the health care administration of the Kupat Holim Sick Fund to improve care of hypertension in 20 family practices in the city of Ashdod in central Israel. The doctor-nurse teams in these clinics met jointly on a regular basis with a physician-instructor, reviewed the results of their care of hypertension and discussed ways of improving it. Over a seven-year period, until 1988, the percentage of the population treated increased from 4.0% to 9.2% and percentage of treated patients who had diastolic pressure of 100 mmHg or more fell from 29.6% to 13.4%. Dropout rate ranged from 2.3% to 3.1% per year over the whole period. In 20 other practices in the Ashdod area in 1988 used for comparison, only 5.9% of the population was treated and the per cent treated was less than Ashdod for all age groups above 30. Dropout rate was higher, averaging 9.8% per year, and the percentage of patients with diastolic pressures of 100 mmHg or more was higher (18.1%). Thus the use of regular discussions with feedback to the health care team was associated with better detection, treatment and follow-up of hypertension.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Delivery of Health Care / methods*
  • Family Practice
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension* / diagnosis
  • Hypertension* / therapy
  • Israel
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Patient Dropouts