The influence of absolute cardiovascular risk, patient utilities, and costs on the decision to treat hypertension: a Markov decision analysis.

@article{Montgomery2003TheIO,
  title={The influence of absolute cardiovascular risk, patient utilities, and costs on the decision to treat hypertension: a Markov decision analysis.},
  author={Alan A Montgomery and Tom Fahey and Y Ben-Shlomo and James Hamilton Harding},
  journal={Journal of hypertension},
  year={2003},
  volume={21 9},
  pages={1753-9}
}
OBJECTIVE To estimate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of blood pressure-lowering treatment over a lifetime. DESIGN Markov decision analysis model comparing treatment and non-treatment of hypertension. PARTICIPANTS Hypothetical cohorts for 20 different strata of sex, age (30-79 years, in 10-year age bands), and cardiovascular risk (low and high risk). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Life expectancy, and incremental cost : effectiveness ratios for treatment and non-treatment strategies… CONTINUE READING