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clinmed/2002120002v1 (February 13, 2003)
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Narrowing the gap in Hypertension: Efficacy of a Complex Antihypertensive Intervention Program in the Elderly – (CAIPE).
Small reductions in systolic blood pressure are significantly associated with clinical benefits.1 In Argentina, as well as in other countries, studies performed in elderly population from different socioeconomic level, showed a low control of blood pressure .2-6
Even in financed health care, high blood pressure control does not achieve its goal7 8 suggesting that other factors may play an important role. Resistance to comply with treatment due to the asymptomatic nature of the disease and clinical inertia are some of these mentioned factors.9
Disease management programmes have been developed to narrow the clinical evidence and practice gap.10