Screening for hypertension in the emergency department

JAMA. 1978 Oct 27;240(18):1973-4.


Review of emergency department charts at three university-affiliated hospitals showed that less than half of all patients who had elevated blood pressure (BP) recorded were recognized by physicians to be hypertensive. At the primary teaching hospital, less than one third of patients with the greatest BP elevation (greater than 20 mm Hg above normal) were sent for some type of hypertension follow-up care.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Blood Pressure
  • Emergency Service, Hospital*
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / prevention & control*
  • Mass Screening
  • Middle Aged
  • New York City
  • Referral and Consultation