Physician acceptance of computer recommended antihypertensive therapy

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  • An adaptive treatment algorithm for guiding antihypertensive drug administration has been created, and acceptability of its recommendations to consulting physicians measured. The algorithm generates treatment by using a sequence of rules along with a single numerical score that summarizes the magnitude of blood pressure elevation, end organ damage, and amounts of antihypertensive agents being taken. For drugs with wide dose ranges, the program calculates a dose response curve for each patient and uses this to estimate additional drug needs. Although the program is based upon a number of simplifying assumptions, it generates treatment that accords well with prevailing medical opinion, as physicians, in most instances, have prescribed the treatment regimens the program recommended even though they themselves were held fully responsible for the consequences of treatment. © 1975.
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  • Coe F; Norton E; Oparil S; Pullman TN
  • Start Page

  • 492
  • End Page

  • 502
  • Volume

  • 8
  • Issue

  • 5