A questionnaire was sent to a one in five sample (68 GPs) of General Practitioners (GPs) in Argyll and Clyde Health Board to determine attitudes to standard setting in hypertension and the response rate was 80.7% (55 GPs). Thirty-six GPs (65.4%) stated that they would be interested in sharing care with a consultant who had an interest in the subject and 27 GPs (49.1%) stated that they would be interested in taking part in an educational audit of their hypertensive patients. The results of the study suggest that it would be possible to obtain broad agreement among GPs on standards for diagnosis, treatment and appropriate indications for hospital referral in the management of hypertension but in order to develop consensus further it would be necessary to carry out a more detailed study using a larger cohort of GPs.
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|Published - 1 Jan 1993