OJNeph  Vol.4 No.1 , March 2014
Physician’s Awareness of Home Blood Pressure in the Treatment of Hypertensive Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Abstract: Aim: The majority of guidelines recommended the significance of home-based blood pressure (home-BP) measurement. The present study explored that to what extent, general practitioners (GPs) were aware of the importance of home-BP in the daily clinical practice. Method: We sent out questionnaires to GPs who had been specialized in nephrology and hypertension. The questions focused on the awareness of home-BP and the selections of antihypertensive agents for refractory hypertension in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. Results: 1) The majority (95.9%) of the responding GPs had utilized home-BP in their clinical practice. 2) When prescribing a single agent for hypertensive CKD patients, the majority of GPs (87.3%) chose ARB for the first line drug, and Ca channel blockers (CCB) were the second. 3) As an add-on drug to the pre-treatment with an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB), the majority preferred CCB (82.7%) to diuretics (21.8%). In addition, a fixed combination formula of antihypertensive medication consisting of ARB plus diuretic was accepted by the majority of GPs (78.7%). 4) To improve morning hypertension in patients treated with two or more drugs, 87.8% of the doctors agreed that additional night-time dosing could be useful. The choices of the agents given at night-time varied, mainly with α1-blockers (40.6%), followed by α-blockers (30.5%) and α-methyldopa (19.8%). Conclusion: The majority of GPs in Japan are aware of the importance of the home-BP-based management of CKD. They mainly chose ARB as a first line drug, and ARB plus CCB as an add-on therapy.
Cite this paper: N. Sugano, S. Kuriyama, Y. Hara, K. Takane, Y. Takahashi, Y. Suetsugu and T. Yokoo, "Physician’s Awareness of Home Blood Pressure in the Treatment of Hypertensive Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease," Open Journal of Nephrology, Vol. 4 No. 1, 2014, pp. 28-36. doi: 10.4236/ojneph.2014.41005.

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