Clinical inertia for hypertension may be more likely with depression

03/12/2014 | MedPage Today (free registration)

An analysis of data from two hospital-based clinics found that 70% of patients with uncontrolled hypertension who also had depression did not receive receive additional treatment for their blood pressure, researchers from Columbia University Medical Center reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. Clinical inertia was found in the cases of 51% of hypertensive patients without depression. Clinical inertia was defined as a failure to intensify medication, make referrals to a specialist or do work-ups for identifiable hypertension.

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