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ATTENTIVE (the Antihypertensive TreaTmENT In Very Elderly) Study

Koordination für Österreich: PD Kathryn Hoffmann, MPH

Gesamtprojektleitung: Dr. Sven Streit, MSc, University of Bern, Switzerland

The study investigates whether country-specific health differences in CVD burden in older patients, and life expectancy at age 60 years, are related to GP treatment probability to start antihypertensive treatment. In short, the survey contained eight case vignettes of oldest-old patients (aged >80 years; males and females) that consulted their GPs for a routine visit without showing blood pressure-related symptoms or receiving antihypertensive treatment. All case vignettes differed in three primary characteristics: systolic blood pressure (SBP) of 140 or 160 mm Hg, CVD present or absent, and frailty (yes or no). For each case vignette, GPs were asked to decide if they would start antihypertensive treatment. We piloted and then translated the questionnaire into 21 languages.

The ATTENTIVE Study is a cooperative project of the European General Practice Research Network (EGPRN).