Table 4.

Costs of treating uncomplicated stage 1 hypertension across the sample and population of England and Wales, according to the health professional delivering treatment

PopulationCost, £a
Sample population, patients aged 40–74 yearsTotal, n34 975
Untreated, uncomplicated stage 1 hypertension,b n2867
Total cost of treatment if delivered by practice nursec160 129
Total cost of treatment if delivered by nurse specialistc228 125
Total cost of treatment if delivered by GPd347 117
Population of England and Wales, patients aged 40–74 yearseTotal population, n23 284 217
Untreated, uncomplicated stage 1 hypertension,b n1 892 519
Total cost of treatment if delivered by practice nursec105 619 247
Total cost of treatment if delivered by nurse specialistc150 500 331
Total cost of treatment if delivered by GPd229 042 227
  • a Unless otherwise stated.

  • b Excludes patients with these conditions for whom blood pressure was not measured within 5 years prior to the study being undertaken.

  • c Nurse appointment based on 15-minute consultation.

  • d GP appointment based on 11.7-minute consultation.

  • e Population in England and Wales is based on data from the Office for National Statistics, mid-year population estimates (2011).27 Drug costs from NHS Electronic Drug Tariff database, correct as of May 2013.28 Staff costs from Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 2012; unit costs based on the cost of face-to-face contact.29